Kathy Crummey

Q: Has the union hired a CPA to review the district's books and identify specific budget provisions that would support the teachers' salary demands? Where is the CPA's report available?

A: No. The union has experts from the California Teachers Association who are negotiation specialists. They are trained in school budget analysis. HEA is part of CTA.

Q: Have the HEA and the teachers tried to arrange for (or induce the district to negotiate) more reasonable or favorable health insurance contracts?

A: There is a Health Cost Containment Committee that is comprised of representation from all bargaining units and includes administration. The salary increases we are seeking will help to offset spiraling increases of health costs. Many teachers pay $10,000 or more a year for health insurance.

Q: What will happen to students' educations? Will they be held back? Will they need to attend summer school? Will there be summer school? Would they get passed to the next grade anyway due to the No Child Left Behind Act?

A: Teachers want to teach, and once this strike is settledteachers will get back and do what they do best: teaching the children. The district is using scare tactics and rumors to try to confuse and divide the parents, but parents are smarter than the district gives them credit. Teachers are in charge of curriculum and grades — not principals, and certainly not the superintendent. The district has summer school plans, as usual, but the teachers who would be helping to create summer school materials are on strike.

Q: How does HEA plan to support the substitutes who are trying to form their own union, particularly the subs who have honored picket lines?

A: We, as a union, have not taken an official position. We appreciate the substitutes who have honored our strike by not working in our classrooms, and will request those who did not cross our picket lines to sub in our classes in the future.

Q: What is your response to claims of violent or aggressive incidents on the picket lines? What is your response to teachers being overheard laughing about scaring students who cross the picket line?

A: This is a strike. Emotions are high, and striking teachers really miss their students. We don't like seeing subs being paid $300 a day to do very little inside our classrooms. That's more than a highly qualified beginning teacher makes. Some subs have been letting students watch "SpongeBob" and "Pimp My Ride" on TV in class. We have no knowledge of violence or aggression by striking teachers.

There have been no arrests of striking teachers during our job action. Many reports we have received have been about substitutes and administrators being aggressive.

Q: Is Kathleen Crummey being paid during the strike?

A: No. I am paid according to my 34 years of service with the district. I am losing my pay, as are the hundreds of teachers who are walking the picket lines every day. We are sacrificing now for the long-term survival of this school district. More than 500 teachers have left the district in the past three years due to low pay. We want to keep Hayward teachers in Hayward. teachers will get back and do what they do best: teaching the children. The district is using scare tactics and rumors to try to confuse and divide the parents, but parents are smarter than the district gives them credit. Teachers are in charge of curriculum and grades — not principals, and certainly not the superintendent. The district has summer school plans, as usual, but the teachers who would be helping to create summer school materials are on strike.

Q: How does HEA plan to support the substitutes who are trying to form their own union, particularly the subs who have honored picket lines?

A: We, as a union, have not taken an official position. We appreciate the substitutes who have honored our strike by not working in our classrooms, and will request those who did not cross our picket lines to sub in our classes in the future.

Q: What is your response to claims of violent or aggressive incidents on the picket lines? What is your response to teachers being overheard laughing about scaring students who cross the picket line?

A: This is a strike. Emotions are high, and striking teachers really miss their students. We don't like seeing subs being paid $300 a day to do very little inside our classrooms. That's more than a highly qualified beginning teacher makes. Some subs have been letting students watch "SpongeBob" and "Pimp My Ride" on TV in class. We have no knowledge of violence or aggression by striking teachers.

There have been no arrests of striking teachers during our job action. Many reports we have received have been about substitutes and administrators being aggressive.

Q: Is Kathleen Crummey being paid during the strike?

A: No. I am paid according to my

34 years of service with the district. I am losing my pay, as are the hundreds of teachers who are walking the picket lines every day. We are sacrificing now for the long-term survival of this school district. More than 500 teachers have left the district in the past three years due to low pay. We want to keep Hayward teachers in Hayward.