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Peace Talks (6/20/13)

Posted on 22 June 2013

Earlier this month, the Sag Harbor School Board under leadership of Dr. Carl Bonuso, the district’s interim superintendent, announced it had negotiated a contract agreement with the school’s custodial union limiting raises to minimal salary increases going forward for the next three years.

We would like to commend Dr. Bonuso for his skills in negotiating such a favorable agreement with the Sag Harbor Custodial Association. Such fruitful negotiations haven’t always been the case in this village.

But times have changed. In many ways, it seems the writing is on the wall for many school districts, and these sorts of minimal pay increases are what will be required of districts across the state going forward under the specter of the two percent tax cap levy.

But perhaps the precedents are being set. Last year, Bridgehampton teachers agreed to a wage freeze for one year in an effort to aid the district as it attempted to prevent cuts under the tax cap. This came with little discussion, no battles, no black t-shirts, no vitriolic posturing.

So we are cheered by the good work of both Dr. Bonuso and the Sag Harbor Custodial Union in coming to terms with this contract. We support our schools and its staff, and appreciate the concessions the union is making.

Going forward, we’re pretty sure tough stances are going to be par for the course in these sorts of negotiations. So it’s nice when they happen in a climate of civility.

Keep up the good work.

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