Community Calendar
Community
Calendar
Tomahawk Leader Internet Edition - Newspaper in Tomahawk Wisconsin Photo Album
Photo
Album
Map
Map of
Tomahawk, WI
Grey Bar
The Tomahawk Leader is a state and national prize-winning weekly newspaper serving the scenic Northwoods area in and around Tomahawk, WI.

It is currently Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:38 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2003 10:50 pm 
Offline
Site Admin
Site Admin
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2001 1:01 am
Posts: 110
Location: Tomahawk WI
Has thanked: 0 time
Been thanked: 0 time
Tie to Tomahawk: The Tomahawk Leader
Job security can be tenuous in workplaces that face hard economic times. Many employers are facing financial losses and probably finding themselves dealing with unsettling choices that could affect the lives of their employees. Uncertainties also exist in other sectors, including one that doesn't hinge on products sold, but on people served: more specifically, the Tomahawk School District.

Although tough decisions lie ahead, we felt the recent meeting between members of the local teachers' union, Tomahawk Education Association (TEA), and the School Board's Negotiations Committee was a step in the right direction. The two groups met face-to-face, in an amiable, open fashion to hear the TEA's concerns and give them a chance to generate input about a potential half million dollar shortfall in school finances. In our many years of covering the School Board, we personally have not sat in on a similar session, and can only imagine that most meetings between union members and district negotiators are a bit less friendly.

School Finance Committee chair Scott Martin has repeatedly said he's not trying to shift responsibility by seeking ways to invite public input into the decision-making that precedes action on the financial shortfall. He just thinks the decisions will make more sense if the public is informed. We can think of no better group who needs to understand than the employees themselves; the people in the classrooms day after day.

Of course, the tone of such a meeting could have been unproductive if focus switched from a general overview to a personal one - that in which individuals fight only to save their own jobs and/or programs. To their credit, the TEA during and after the meeting, acknowledged that some positions might not be saved and told the board members that the district would not be good business managers if less expensive staffing options weren't pursued if available. They said their membership was most concerned about continuing to offer courses and programs that benefit the kids.

We join the TEA in hoping that this was not the first such meeting they and negotiators and/or board members have in the months and years ahead as tough economic decisions are faced. District Administrator Al Prosser made it clear that this is not as bad as it gets: "The scary year is the year we haven't seen yet," he warns.

The decisions may not be any easier, but perhaps, by knowing both sides of the coin, they'll be better decisions or more tolerable.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
POWERED_BY
Localized by MaĆ«l Soucaze © 2010 phpBB.fr