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September 30, 1983 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-30

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12 Friday, September 30, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

TERRY L BERLIN

Bargaining Progress Reported in Akiva Teachers' Strike

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Kollel to teach its Hebrew
classes. Rabbi Moshe
Schwab, dean of the Kollel,
said, "Not to my know-
ledge," when asked if Akiva
had contacted the Kbllel.
On Tuesday afternoon,
Tom Turner of the Met-
ropolitan Detrot AFL-CIO
conducted a press confer-
ence in the Akiva parking
lot in support of the striking
teachers.
Meanwhile, Ronald F.
Berman, president of
Akiva, gave a lengthy let-
ter to The Jewish News in
response to "fabrica-
tions, distortions and
half-truths" "fed to the
media" by the teachers.
Berman's letter stated in
part:
"Last week's Jewish
News reported that union
officials gave the newspaper
an 'open letter' in which it
charged, - inter alia, that the
school has delayed negotia-
tic;ns, that 'It is using uncer-
tified, unqualified teachers
in place of the striking
teachers; that the striking
teachers have never
`threatened or violated'
anyone crossing the picket
line,' etc.
"For the information of
the public and those
teachers who might have
been misinformed, negotia-
tions commenced on July 7
and have continued in
numerous, lengthy sessions

"In light of the claim by
Hillel teachers that 'The
teachers of Akiva Heb-
rew Day School have
been thrown out of their
classroom,' it must be
pointed out that in Au-
gust, when negotiations
were not moving quickly,
Akiva asked that the
teachers commence the
school year under the
old contract and both
sides would continue to
negotiate.
"No reply was received at
the bargaining table, but
the next day the union sent
the school a letter announc-
ing its intention to strike.
Teachers were not 'thrown
out of classrooms,' but chose
not to teach.
"The union solidarity of
the Hillel teachers is touch-
ing, but regard for the facts
would better behoove those
who self-righteously de-
clare their concern for the
future of Jewish education.
One should also be aware of
the fact that any teacher
who chose to teach was im-
mediately ac,cepted, and
several Akiva teachers are
not on the job, alongside
new colleagues.
"The denial by teachers
that no violence or threats
of violence have been used
by the union is so patently
false that one can only won-
der about the values and
etliics of those enunciating
it. At least two Akiva offi-
cials and three parents have
"Steve Cohen, chief been threatened, in obscene
negotiator for Akiva, cor- language, with violence.
rectly denied in last week's
"A teacher was sur-
Jewish News that any of the rounded in the school
replacement teachers are, parking lot by picketers
uncertified, and the union who proceeded to rock
has yet to prove its untrue his car and damage it
assertion . . .
while screaming threats

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and obscenities at him.
"Two striking teachers
admitted publicly, at a
meeting of over 200 people
on Sept. 11, that threats of
violence had been made at a
teachers' meeting . .
"The teachers are quoted
as citing their willingness
to work under conditions
of harassment' in the last
two years. While their
meaning is unclear, it
should be noted that the
union has harassed the
school with numerous grie-
vances and unfair labor
practices, some filed even
without the knowledge or
against the will of the sup-
posed grievant.
"When a union files a
grievance against the
school because the school
insists that a teacher not
leave a classroom half an
hour early, and unattended,
several times a week, one
must wonder who is harras-
sing whom.
"Finally, we do not be-
lieve that substantive
negotiations are properly
conducted in the news-
paper-s. But since the
union chose to air part of
their proposal in The
Jewish News, we must
point out that they have
consistently and errone-
ously assumed that our
proposal to allow the
principal to assign,
schedule, and even re-
duce the hours of
teachers is aimed at
specific persons. It is not,
though one must wonder
why certain teachers
presume that they would
be judged worthy of re-
duction.
"Moreover, the teachers
neglected to inform The
Jewish News that their
proposal to reduce some
teachers from 140 to 117
percent specified that no re-
duction in pay take place,
and that reduced teachers
be given the unilateral
right to decide whether or
not they will teach after
3:30 p.m.
"They, also neglected to
mention that if a teacher's
load were reduced, he or she
would be given full pay for a
year. We suggest that edu-
cational suitability, not
seniority or convenience, be
the primary criterion by
which teachers shall be as-
signed, and that such deci-
sions be reserved to the ad-
ministration, as they are in
any other school.
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of confrontation and distor-
tion created by the union,
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the representatives the
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