On Monday, August 8, TAAAC leaders held a meeting with members to provide updates and information about AACPS’ choice to use contractors to fill vacant positions in our district. While the AACPS Board of Education believes this is legal, our collective bargaining agreement defines TAAAC as the exclusive representative of our bargaining unit, Unit 1 employees of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and prohibits the Board of Education from unilaterally reducing the scope of the bargaining unit.
Below are 3 things you can do to take action and make sure the Board of Education hears from you!
1. Learn the timeline of events
November/ December 2021
2. Email your Board of Education members
Joanna Bache Tobin
Board Vice President
Student Member of the Board
Your Questions, Answered
If we are going to negotiate with the BOE, what are we negotiating about?
How will bargaining impact arbitration for the FY23 Agreement, and the current timeline?
Where did the money come from?
Can we strike over this issue?
Is this happening in other counties?
How do we get parents involved?
Check out this example email
I am deeply concerned about contracting firms hiring spec. ed. teachers without teaching certificates, no duties and responsibilities, and are being paid more than current Unit 1 staff. Our students deserve educators who are invested in AACPS and are members of our communities. We disagree with the decision by the Board of Education to seek contractors and hire external individuals outside our bargaining unit. Please show our educators the respect we deserve for our dedication to the county.
I am coming upon my 21st year in education for AACPS. I have been a faithful employee through step freezes, furlough days, changes of the pay scale, etc. I have a BA and a MS and only make $69 an hour before taxes. How can you hire contracted spec. ed. who only have to have a BA and not a teaching certificate for $101 an hour when a faithful staff member, who has two degrees, many years of teacher experience is making way less? This is a HUGE slap in the face of your faithful teachers who are unit 1 employees and don’t have a new negotiated agreement for this upcoming school year!
In a year when teachers can easily jump to another county due to teacher shortages, this isn’t the way to retain experienced teachers. Please cut this program, pink slip those you have already hired, and reinvest that money that you moved out of instructional salaries on 6/9 ($7.6 M) into current staff salaries, cut duties, and increase individual planning times. Please put your priorities in the right place and focus on your unit 1 staff who have been faithful to AACPS.