March 28, 2001

Dear Chair Neumann:

As the school board considers the move to the six hour day, please be advised that it is the opinion of the D.F.T. Executive Board that a change in the school day must be negotiated. The fact of the matter is that what would constitute a six period day and its effect on the teacher work day has never been explained to the D.F.T. Executive Board or to members.

The present language in the contract is there because of the desire of administration and the school board. Further, the definition of what constitutes this day has been well established by past practice as has the need to negotiate any changes in the school day.

Plea be advised that should the school board move to a six hour day without engaging in negotiations, we will consider this to be a unilateral change in working conditions and an unfair labor practice. 


Frank Wanner