At the December 9th Davenport School Board meeting, dozens of teachers turned out to stress the importance of maintaining collective bargaining for a master contract, rather than moving to a handbook, many of the teachers wearing #RedforEd. A number of DEA members spoke during the open forum to give various reasons to the school board why the district should continue to bargain in good faith with teachers. Contracts will provide stability, consistency, and confidence in employment and will continue to build and maintain relationships based on mutual trust and mutual interests.
Teacher and DEA Protecting Members Rights Chair, Dan Flaherty, asked all of the teachers in the room to stand and asked the school board to continue the collective bargaining that has been done for decades to help support all of the teachers in the district. Thank you to all of the teachers who stood together in solidarity, as well as all of the teachers who spoke during open forum. We are stronger together.