This week Laurel Education Association teachers will be observing a Bell to Bell Week. This is described in their press release:
Typically during a Bell to Bell Week, staff gathers outside their building and walks in together when their contractual day begins. They also walk out together when their contractual day ends.
This is being observed to protest Governor Markell’s proposal to cut state worker’s pay by 8%. It is also highlighting the amount of time teachers spend beyond the contracted work day. The protest schedule is as follows:
- 7:30 a.m. and 3 pm. Laurel Intermediate School (grades 5-6, 801 So. Central Ave.), Laurel Middle School (grades 7-8, 801 So. Central Ave also), and Laurel Sr. High School (1133 So. Central Ave.)
- 8:30 a.m. and 4 pm. at P.L. Dunbar (499 West 6th St.) and North Laurel (300 Wilson St.) Elementary Schools
The press release further describes why:
This event comes as part of DSEA’s campaign along with its coalition unions – State Workers United for a Better Delaware – to bring attention to the public and the General Assembly to the unfair and irresponsible 8% salary cuts being proposed for all state workers next year. The Coalition believes strongly that such cuts are not only devastating to the families of the state’s 33,000 employees, but also will throw the state deeper into recession; and that there are fairer and more responsible ways to find long-term solutions for economic prosperity.