Ogden Teachers Rally for Collective Bargaining

Ogden Teachers Rally for Collective Bargaining

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Guv to apply for federal ed funds; Utah GOP upset

You can read Joseph M. Dougherty entire article at http://www.deseretnews.com/
He writes "The money is coming whether they like it or not, and many of them don't...Governor Gary Herbert plans to apply for the money, which comes from a federal law enacted Aug. 10 that provides funding for Medicaid and education salaries...' It would be foolish for the state of Utah not to accept this funding, which will directly benefit Utah's schoolchildren'...Kory Holdaway (UEA's lobbyist) said,"The value of one-time money isn't as great as ongoing money, but it's $100 million more than we had a week ago." Some Republicans are complaining about the federal money coming with strings attached.

We estimate a funding of $5.6 million for Weber District and over $2 million for Ogden. This money is earmarked for salaries and benefits of classified employees, licensed employees and school administrators. It comes as both of our associations have entered mediation because of the districts failure to honor the payment of our contractual step increments.