Pickets Greet Weingarten in Florida

Employees of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association set up an informational picket Saturday outside of a union event attended by American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten. The Pinellas Staff Organization is in the midst of contract negotiations with PCTA management.

Among other demands, the staff union wants PCTA to “show good faith and release their audits.” I don’t know what audits they mean, but PCTA’s IRS returns, filed last December, show an organization with just short of $1 million in annual revenue that managed to cut staff compensation by almost 28 percent – probably because it appears to have reduced its staff from 11 to 8.

The return shows nothing particularly unusual, other than a debt to the Florida Education Association and NEA of $363,000, but that may be just a matter of the return’s timing.

There is nothing obvious that stands in the way of a settlement, but as we have seen elsewhere in the state, union employees aren’t getting along very well with management.