Troy teachers picket; seeking agreement on new contract
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Over 300 hundred teachers walked the picket line at Troy Athens High School Tuesday night, September 3, urging the Troy Board of Education to come to an agreement on a new contract. While Governor Rick Snyder’s $1 billion dollar cut in funding to public education hurt Troy Public Schools just as it did every district across the state, Troy is a growing district with a 17% fund balance.
Troy teacher, Suzanne Siegel said Troy teachers “work too hard to be treated so unfairly.”
Troy teachers were joined by their colleagues from several surrounding districts including many from MEA Local 1, Utica and even Port Huron.
MEA Vice President, Nancy Strachan also joined the picket line and urged teachers to keep up the fight.
Adam Pennewell, a 5th grade teacher wh
o has taught in the Troy schools for 15 years, said the “strength of this picket line show we support our union and that Troy teachers support each other. That’s the message to the community and to public school employees across the state.”
The Troy teacher’s contract expired June 30th and bargaining has been less than productive. Last night’s informational picket preceded a Troy Board of Education meeting. But, as middle school teacher Charlie Tull said, “This is not just a display for the Board of Education, it is for all of the people of Troy. We are standing up for Troy schools, Troy parents and our students.”