Two years later, the Westfield Teachers Association has stepped up to the plate.
At the most recent Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education meeting, the district and union announced a new agreement, which includes a salary freeze, to save the district more than $100,000.
"Every teacher within our school cares for the students and community they serve. We love our jobs and are willing to make sacrifices to keep the program within Westfield strong," said Karen Belcher, Westfield Teachers Association president.
That's a much better message than the last Westfield contract, which was agreed to in 2010. At that time, the district and teachers agreed to a three-year contract with pay raises totaling 14.5 percent.
Right before signing the lucrative contract, the union made this statement regarding teacher layoffs: "It's terrible. The teachers are upset about losing some of their colleagues. The union is not happy we're losing these positions."
Their thoughts were in no way genuine as co-workers were let go - and those keeping jobs were rewarded with a greater salary.
This recent result, however, is much better - and has the look of fairness, not greed.
We hope teachers in other area districts are watching - and take the same course. Just maybe, the results will be fewer staff reductions as well as a continued strong educational experience, which benefits students and the school community.