Cairo Association of Teachers - Newsletter



CAT Tracks for May 6, 2005
WINDING DOWN...

Fifteen school days to go...and many, many less "teaching" days! It's time for the annual...

YEAR-END REMINDERS:

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

Yeah...we're workin' on it!

We have been quiet, but your bargaining team has been meeting every two weeks with the Superintendent to discuss your concerns and the BOE's concerns...with the goal of putting together a new Contract to be voted on prior to the close of this school year. We believe that we are on schedule to accomplish that goal!

As early as next week, we hope to distribute specific details of the proposed new agreement for your review. Since the regular monthly meeting of the Cairo Board of Education is May 19th, the CAT needs to have a membership meeting prior to that date to discuss the proposal and vote whether to accept or reject the proposal. I can tell you...that your team will be recommending this proposal. We feel that it reflects many of the concerns that you expressed in the negotiations surveys back in December.

So...Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - 3:30 p.m. - CJSHS Cafeteria. The proposed Contract will be presented, discussed, and voted on at that time. If approved, the BOE will be immediately notified so that they can proceed with their consideration the following evening.

GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE SWITCH

You have been notified of what needs to be done. If you have not taken care of business, please do so at your earliest convenience!

YEAR END LUNCHEON

As usual, the District will hold its annual "Farewell Party" on May 25h. That is the day when any retirees will be honored. We know for a fact that three long-time employees have officially made that decision...and there may be more to come. So...please join us in wishing your friends and colleagues "Bon Voyage"!


Well, that's a wrap for today. Won't do the annual "farewell", since there will be more editions of CAT Tracks to come before this year is out. Bye for now...and have a great weekend!