Why does the district’s hesitation to bargain matter?
The district is claiming they have no intention of bargaining with your team and instead wants to have a closed door “collaborative discussion”. Over the past few years, you and your JESPA collogues have become stronger than ever, winning protective language and historic wage increases at the bargaining table. You have had discussions. You have been collaborative, but only through bargaining were you able to hold the district accountable and win your deserved raises. Now that the district has seen JESPA’s power, they want to put up barriers and make it difficult for all of us to stay informed and make sure our voices are heard.