Harford County teacher’s union president Ryan Burbey appears headed for re-election this spring, emerging as the sole nominee for the post following a representative assembly held Thursday, sources said.
Harford County Education Association members were allowed to self-nominate in advance, and from the floor of the assembly. Burbey said afterwards that the process had been advertised, but no other nominees came forward and he would therefore be running unopposed in an upcoming election for the next three-year term. “I’m going to take it as a mandate that I’m doing a good job,” he said.
Uncontested elections for president were not unusual, Burbey said, but he planned to seek clarification on the process that he believed still required him to win fifty percent of the votes cast plus one, on a ballot allowing for write-in candidates. He said that the election would be planned for March or April.
The full time position pays whatever the incumbent was last earning as an HCPS employee, plus 20 days of summer work, Burbey said, which, in his case, translates into approximately $60,000 per year.
Burbey is currently serving out the term of former president Randy Cerveny, who stepped down not long after winning a landslide victory over Burbey in a 2011 regular election. Burbey was tapped to fill the vacancy by a special vote of union representatives in the summer of 2012.
Since then, Burbey has been an activist for higher teacher pay, admonishing school and county government officials for the lack of teacher salary increases in four out of the past five years, and warning of the effect on teacher morale and the quality of new recruits. Burbey also organized protests and led hundreds of teachers who decided to “work to rule” by working only as their contract required, and declining to take on extra paid or volunteer jobs such as coaching or tutoring after school.
The Harford County Education Association (HCEA) is the largest bargaining union in Harford County Public Schools, with exclusive collective bargaining rights on behalf of the school system’s 3,000 teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, media specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and hearing clinicians. According to the HCEA Web site, approximately two-thirds of represented employees are also union members.
Is the $60,000 salary for Union Leader in addition to working as a full time teacher? The article says, “…..last earning as a HCPS employee, plus 20 days of summer work.” Just curious…..
He is not making teacher pay because he is not in the classroom while in that role. That is all he makes!
No need for exclamation points. My question was sincere. Your answer Cdev, was just fine without the emotion.
A few thoughts:
1. Maybe anyone competent enough to do the job has already quit the union.
2. Mr Burbey has shown himself to be so successful at getting concessions from HCPS during his tenure, he definitely deserves another term.
3. I love that the Rt 40 sketchy used car dealer photo is back.
4. I see a windowless van and him with candy.
Wipe first says
$60,000 to strut up and down the hallways of ol’aberdump ain’t bad.
How many other teachers there make that?
Burbey is a genius.
He has the elected officials right where he wants them.
Hang in there just a little bit longer my weary teacher friends.
ALL your missing pay will come back to you soon.
Burbey will make it happen. Have faith in him.
Fake Cdev please stop using someone elses name!
I love it when someone who doesn’t use their owm name gets mad when someone uses the same fake name….LOL
Look, I’m afraid to use my own name…..but I have spent a lot of time on Dagger posting comments on just about everything cause what I think and what I have to say is important and people must listen to me. So please don’t use my Cdev name anymore.
I’m not hiding behind my name. My name is John Mitchell and I work the Orange Julius stand at White Marsh Mall. I’m not afraid to let people know who I am or where I work.
That’s good money to have every weekend off, a lot of holidays, day shift hours, and have a summer “off.” I’m sure some fist shaker will reply to me how they work all summer, continued education, hours of training, but hey, so does everyone else.
Grading work after school And lesson planning ill grant a waiver on comparison to other jobs.
That’s right, thumb me down!!! Ahhhhh!!!!!
too much to even type in reply to this, and no point in doing so.
Experienced Educator says
Who wants to work these days?
Blue Ox says
Does he still refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance like when he was a teacher, or has he “moderated” (for lack of a better term) his views of America in his new role?
Ryan Burbey is a Socialist Pig says
Ryan Burbey is a Socialist Pig and left wing nut. I can’t believe the B.O.E. allows this pig so much face time at the meetings… I guess that goes to show ya where the B.O.E. interests are…
mostly blue says
America is a free land and no one is forced to pledge alliance to anything or pray to false or imaginary Gods. The Pledge of Alliance is nothing more than a near salve to what is promised to be good and great but isn’t always that way for a lot of people. The land of the free wasn’t always free to all not did it ever mean that all the brave resided here. Get your brain out of the sand and see things for what they are!! No need to preach falsehoods or make grandiose statements about things that aren’t always as they seem. I fought for the country to let people believe as the choose and be tolerant to all that want to believe and even those who choose not to without any rancor or thought other than that it is his/her right as an American citizens whose rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution…