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Slattery Endorsed By Peabody Teachers' Union

Former state representative and city councilor in Peabody John Slattery picks up yet another union endorsement in his bid for state Senate.

The latest endorsement for state Senate candidate John Slattery comes from the Peabody Federation of Teachers.

A representative from the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts announced the news Thursday afternoon.

“It is an honor and esteemed privilege to continue to be a strong advocate and supporter for quality public education,” said Slattery in a statement. “To have the support of the Peabody teachers, paraprofessionals and other school support staff is tremendous. My past record has always been one of a champion for working families and this endorsement is a testament to that cause.”

And teachers' union president Bruce Nelson evidently agrees.

“We are confident that John’s experience will prove invaluable to the district. As a Peabody resident, he is involved in the educational community and is a 'stakeholder' in our schools' continued success,” Nelson said.

“John’s ability to go to the Statehouse and immediately begin work on Day One, on behalf of his constituents is invaluable,” Nelson said, adding that the union believes Slattery will carry on with the same leadership and success Fred Berry has had in the Senate.

Slattery, a former state representative and city councilor for Peabody, is one of five candidates seeking to fill Berry's shoes in November. Berry is retiring this year after 30 years in office.

The 2nd Essex Senate district covers Beverly, Peabody, Salem, Danvers and Topsfield, and  by police and firefighters unions in Peabody, Salem, Danvers and Beverly, along with their respective state organizations.

Within the past few weeks, he received support from both police unions in his hometown of Peabody.

Slattery also picked up support from the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local Union 26 and Laborers’ Local 22, which both represent workers in the 2nd Essex District area, shortly after announcing his candidacy in March.

To date, only his opponent Salem City Council President Joan Lovely has announced any endorsements -- hers coming from the .

Slattery faces off with Mary-Ellen Manning, Lovely and Edward Carroll in a primary election Sept. 6. Republican Richard Jolitz of Beverly is the lone representative on the GOP ticket.

Russ June 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Sorry John but that's your third strike for me! The new Peabody school budget gave the teachers and administrators over $3 million increase for salaries and benefits! That is more than a 7% increase over last year! Just for salaries and benefits! Yet, they cut the school operating expenses more than $1.5 million, so much for needing pencils, rulers, textbooks etc. Oh, I forgot busing. How much is that now? I'm sure the Peabody public employees' unions will have plenty of $$$ to support your run. Mary-Ellen looks right to me.
Peter P June 22, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Do your research Russ...no teacher in the city took a raise this year. How do the "benefits" cost more now that all city unions voted to join the GIC (to save the city money)? Look at the teacher/administrator turnaround in this city...good educators are fleeing our city to work for higher paying districts (fact). You get what you pay for...get used to the low MCAS and SAT scores if we don't start offering competitive pay, benfits and facilities. Young families avoid Peabody like the plague, and our property values are going to start reflecting this. Glad you aren't running this city, Russ.
T Mavrogeorge June 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Surprise Surprise....John "raise the gas tax" Slattery gets yet another union endorsement. Perhaps we better ask ourselves exactly what the union heads think they are buying with their endorsements. There is a reason Slattery was booted out of politics and lost two elections in the past twelve years. This guy is out of touch with modern reality. And if he tries to sell the notion that teacher unions are GOOD for education with a straight face then I think I'll fall down laughing! Soft on crime, tax and spend, party hack, bought and paid for by special interests. I think not. Unelectable then. Unelectable Now.
claire richards June 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Peter P writes: "You get what you pay for...get used to the low MCAS and SAT scores if we don't start offering competitive pay, benfits and facilities." But I've always heard teachers unions say that MCAS and SATs are not valid criteria and should not be used to assess teacher performance. (and that performance doesn't matter...Seniority is king). Now I know that we are making some progress and that unions are reluctantly agreeing to allow performance to have some role, (under the threat of a much more performance oriented ballot initiative), but is this a time for unions to be complaining about needing more pay and benefits?? People have houses under water and Unemployment has been at modern records for almost four years. Slattery and Unions are eager to continue the old style arrangement. You give me votes and money and I give you perks and money. The taxpayer just funds this arrangement. So tell me Mister Union Boss...Exactly what is it that made you endorse Mister Slattery? Do you need more money, better retirement at an earlier age? Why should we citizens see your endorsement as reflecting our interests??
Peter P June 24, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Claire, competitive pay and benefits+updated facilities = attracting better teachers to the district = higher test scores = better reputation for our school system = more young families moving here = higher property values. Education is a business, and we need to attract the best possible employees to ensure the best possible results. Do you really want Peabody to continue to be a jumping off point for talented young educators who eventually realize they will make more elsewhere? You might not like the fact that this is how it works, but it is how it works. I think you are right and, eventually, the system will change for the better. However, we cannot just sit on our hands until that happens...if we do then the damage done will be irreversible. Please don't spew the cliche "no new taxes" mantra of the typical, shortsighted, Peabody cheapskate. No matter how you spin it you do, in fact, get what you pay for.
Whitney Harris June 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Well you may not get anything for nothing, but you don't always get what you pay for either. Especially in Government/union alliances.
Whitney Harris June 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Unions give money to politicians. (Mostly democrats, especially democrats like Slattery). These politicians then turn around and give the unions what they want. Where is the taxpayer "getting what they pay for" in this devil's bargain?
Whitney Harris June 25, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Unions have nothing to do with quality education. In fact, the charter schools almost always outperform the public schools. We need politicians who will minimize union interference in education...not owe them favors. Slettery is NO good.
Peter P. June 25, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I didn't say that unions were a good thing. I said that if we expect to attract the highest tier of teacher we need to offer competitive compensation. You can't really argue with that. It is the same reason the Yankees win more championships than the Padres. The only thing unions are good for is job security. Why any young person would want to be a teacher today is beyond me. They get no respect from the public (you), they are getting their benfits and job security taken away and get paid WAY less than any other profession that requires a Master's degree. Wonder why there is a shortage of math and science teachers? Don't let your obvious hatred of unions blind you from what the problem really is. We show no respect to the profession and wonder why we get subpar educators...wake up.
Phil Mertzic June 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Good teachers are always respected and appreciated. The Teacher union?? NOT so much. FDR had it right about public unions.
Peter P. June 26, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So don't let your union hatred blur your vision...teachers and the union are two very seperate entities. Why was this the only point you chose to address? How about the part about competitive pay, benefits and facilities? How about the decrease benefits and job security? We take advantage of our educators.
Don Pike July 04, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Where would we be without unions. We would have nothing. Thank god for John Slattery. Teacher need unions to protect them from their employer and favoritism.
Mary H August 18, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Check your facts Whitney Harris. Massachusetts has the top schools in the country and is also the most densely unionized state for educators. What charter schools do is to pick and choose students they believe will bring them the highest test scores. If those children do not meet expectations, they are often shipped back to public schools. If this takes place in October, the charter school keeps the money for the child while the public school is responsible for educating them. Public schools must take EVERY student who walks in the door. Charter schools are big business and are not in the interest of children.

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