I want to “thank” Supt. Lawrie for saying that I had earned and achieved a family health care policy upon retirement. I want to “thank” Supt. Lawrie for the retirement letter which indicated, in writing, that I had achieved family health care until age 65.
I am only upset that my family health care policy was then used as a “bargaining chip” in settling the C-I teacher strike. That should never have happened and my union should never have allowed that to happen.
Maybe, just maybe, that’s why it took me six years to figure out what happened.
The C-I School Board denied my grievance Wednesday, Dec. 28, saying that I waited too long to grieve the violation, that Supt. Lawrie never intended that I was guaranteed that benefit and that my union should have known in 2005 that the final strike agreement clause would adversely affect my already acquired health insurance policy and grieved my case then.
If all of the board attorney’s arguments are true then I have been “hoodwinked” by all concerned parties for “ulterior motives” that are cruel, small, petty and vindictive.
Having taught your students for 16 years I refuse to believe that the adults in the community would allow this great injustice end without remedy.
I will file for arbitration because believing that people intentionally “threw me to the wolves” in solving the C-I teacher strike wold be anathema to everything I have ever been taught about appropriate human interaction.
The C-I board offered no remedy so the saga continues.
I need somebody to do the “right thing.”
Bruce G. Femling