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CEA: Make Trustees ‘Uncomfortable’

Coeur d'Alene Education Association representatives talk to teachers at recent negotiations at Woodland Middle School. (Photo: Duane Rasmussen)

On Coeur d'Alene Education Association Facebook page: “Negotiations are at a stand still. Now what? Human behavior suggests that the primary reasons people change their behavior is for personal reward, or because it is no longer comfortable to continue doing the same thing. The time has come to make the life of a school board member uncomfortable. How? Attend Board meetings. Let them see the faces of the people whose lives they are impacting. The next meeting is at 5:00 on September 8th at the Midtown Center. Arrive early if you wish to sign up to speak. Public comments on non-agenda items are near the beginning of the meeting. Contact them! If you work for the district, tell them your personal story so that they have a better understanding of how their offer to reduce your insurance coverage, and offer nothing on the salary base will impact your family. If you see them in the community, at the store, at church etc. engage them in conversation. Send them an email (emails of trustees then listed). Remember you are a member of the community, you are a taxpayer, and you are a voter. A school board trustee works for the people they represent. Tell them to represent you by supporting their employees.” (CEA logo, from Facebook page)

Question: Izzit just me — or are you also bothered by the idea that the local Education Association is advocating that its members confront trustees at the store, at church, etc.?

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