TAMPA ó They were hoping to receive between $15 million and $17 million in scheduled pay raises. But the Hillsborough County school district says it canít afford to give its teachers anywhere near that much, while the teachers say they deserve nothing less.
Here are five things to know as bargaining resumes this morning:
1. The union and the district are officially at an impasse. But they still can bargain, and have a session scheduled for 8 a.m.
2. The teachers say one-third of them were promised $4,000 yearly raises. The district says that was a plan ó assuming the money was there ó but not exactly a promise.
3. The district says the raise would cost them $17 million and they just donít have it. The union says itís closer to $15 million, and they would have the money if they stopped wasting it on a bloated bureaucracy.
4. Teachers complained loudly inside and outside the last two School Board meetings. They might be even louder at the Jan. 23 meeting, as organizers are calling for a rally.
5. Remember "work the contract?" For a week after Thanksgiving, teachers resolved to stop donating their time in the late afternoons and evenings. The union has asked its members to continue working the contract, to the extent they can do so without neglecting their students. Principals, at recent gatherings, have boasted that their teachers are working the extra hours anyway.