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School district's unions to go to court

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published April 23, 2012 at 9:18 p.m.

The Pulaski County Special School District's two unions said Monday night that they will not strike but will fight in court to preserve their negotiated contracts and recognition as bargaining agents.

The decisions came in an emergency meeting of the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers and the Pulaski Association of Support Staff — known as PACT and PASS.

On Friday, Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom Kimbrell directed the district's superintendent, Jerry Guess, to terminate union recognition along with the unions' current contracts and proceed with nearly $11 million in cuts for the 2012-13 school year.

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Ragmop says... April 23, 2012 at 9:31 p.m.

Teachers unions are one of the worse things that has ever happened to the public school system.

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mkm157 says... April 23, 2012 at 9:41 p.m.

AMEN! Hopefully the courts throw out the lawsuit.

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slowtruck106011519 says... April 23, 2012 at 9:49 p.m.

Yes but all of you ferget all of the goverment s union and they are just as bad if not worse si if they want to kick out the school union then they need to get rid of some of the goverment and why do they want to get rid of the teacher when they charge us more in tax for the school on are land tax

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... April 23, 2012 at 10:11 p.m.

"preserve their negotiated contracts and recognition as bargaining agents" If there is no money to negotiated for what would be their point? They to put it simply is that the powers that be miss spent the desegregation money. Now they cry.

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TheBatt says... April 23, 2012 at 10:54 p.m.

In other words: "to heck with the PCSSD, the needs of the students, and the future... WE DEMAND WHAT IS OURS!! "

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Notassmartasyou says... April 24, 2012 at 1:30 a.m.

Seems to me PCSSD just lost this same lawsuit last year. Am I missing something? Are we not trying to save money? Did I miss the part were the administration are taking pay cuts as well? So it is ok for the teachers to take a pay cut but not the people responsible for the physical distress in the first place. But I do have a plan to resolve this easily every tax payer in the district send in two days pay that would cover the losses and lets not forget you would be "doing it for the kids". And the " worse things" that have ever happened to the public school system is not getting support from the community. Oh and I'm not a teacher I just want teachers to know I thank them for my education.

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StrayGoose says... April 24, 2012 at 6:56 a.m.

Unions for public employees must go, period. Unions as a whole, public and private, continue to push the public and private economic systems of the USA into the crapper. Union thuggery equals public buggery.

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LETSBEREALISTIC says... April 24, 2012 at 7:03 a.m.

Unions for employees paid for with tax dollars should be outlawed. All unions only breed inefficiency, waste, corruption and poor performance of many of it's members who rely on the union to protect their incompetence. Unions for public employees are especially wasteful of incoming revenue, taxpayer dollars!

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onlyGodmatters says... April 24, 2012 at 8:15 a.m.

Mr. Notassmartasyou, I concur with you. I am not a teacher either, but my hats off to them for the awesome job they do considering their predicament.

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Que2 says... April 24, 2012 at 9:47 a.m.

How long will administrators be allowed to unlawfully manage school districts' money? Either the state's attorney general don't have a clue of what laws are being broken, or they receiving kick-backs, or they just don't give a darn about the many children that are affected by the mess created by the mis-money management. As a tax-payer and a parent, I want SEE new buildings, upgrades to athletic facilities, and new buses. That way, I know where the money is being spent and is reminded everytime I attend a game, a school program, or parent/teacher conference. Is it really the STATE that denies districts to spend money on facilities and buses? Now, all the money in reserves is gone with nothing to show, and no one prosecuted.

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