They’re not allowed to go on strike, but nothing in the Broward Teachers Union contract says they have to be chipper.
Broward County teachers spent the summer bargaining for better raises. When negotiations stalled, they headed back to school in a sour mood. In protest, they wore black on the first day of classes. Some elementary school teachers, fearing that funereal garb might be dispiriting to small children, sported black ribbons instead.
The Broward Teachers Union rejected the county’s offer of 3% raises and better health insurance coverage. When negotiations proved unsuccessful, union President Pat Santeromo said teachers might “work to the rules,” or put in only the minimum requirements of their jobs.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Jim Notter said teachers deserve a raise, but there’s no funding for a better package, the Broward Sun-Sentinel reported. That’s a tough sell, coming from someone who makes a $290,000 salary.