Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Day 29 — but at least I got paid!

Again, not a lot happened on the picket line today. We did have quite a few extra teachers marching with us, however, as we had the staff from several other schools join us today. The big news is that the union is finally getting its side out. Several teachers were handing out a notice to any motorist who would take one, while others were stuffing and sealing envelopes to send the flyer out to members of the community. My summary of the issues in yesterday's post seems to pretty much be accurate, with the exception that the union is also pushing for more local contributions for benefits, not just salary.

The big news for myself, however, had nothing to do with being up at MJHS. Waiting for me when I got home was a paycheck! To be sure, it wasn't much — $336.46, if you really need to know — but at least it's official, I'm an employee of the Marysville School District! This reflects the time I put in during August, before the strike began. I actually came out pretty good, as I had five additional days for the school-wide workshop and one additional day as a new district employee, on top of the one prep day everyone in the district worked. However, I also got a bill yesterday from the district for part of my medical deductions that, for some reason, the district couldn't deduct — so the district paid it anyway, and I just have to pay them when I can. I guess they're not all bad.

Tomorrow, a new venue! All of us from the junior high are moving up to Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

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