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Saturday, September 18, 2010

"The rat" will be visiting Ridge School.

According to a letter sent by Dr. Fishbein to Ridge School parents, a construction union has been issued a permit to display the union's inflatable rat on Monday in front of Ridge School.

The letter continues: "The construction union is demonstrating against our contractor and his subs because they do not employ union labor. This is not a district issue. It is the district's responsibility by law to accept a contractor's payroll report that certifies that union wages are being paid. The Ridgewood district does not issue any payments until that requirement is satisfied. To date, all contractors working in the Ridgewood Public Schools have met that requirement."

You may have seen the rat recently at Valley Hospital or the Ridgewood Country Club. I saw it...and at those locations it was accompanied by a coffin holding a small, baseball-cap-wearing mannequin. While it is the union's right to exercise their freedom of speech, I sincerely hope there is not a coffin outside Ridge School, to frighten children.

Any questions, please contact Dr. Fishbein's office at 201-670-2700 ext. 10530 or email dfishbein@ridgewood.k12.nj.us.


Anonymous said...

It is unfortunate that unions have changed from a check on workers' rights to an agressive force that is often unreasonable and oversteps their purpose.

Anonymous said...

Let the kids see the rat. Oh, but I forgot their teachers all are unionized will spin the propaganda to suit their union brothers instead of explaining free-market principles and freedom of choice.

I guess, once again it will be up to parents to educate their children on the real world.