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“Final Offers” Made In Mendota Elementary Negotiations

Posted by wlpo on January 3, 2014

Classes resume Monday at Mendota Elementary Schools but for how long.

The teacher’s union has declared an impasse in negotiations with the school board.  The two sides have turned in final offers to the state labor relations board which can pave the way for a teacher’s strike.

Health insurance is the major sticking point with teachers wanting to pay a flat $58 a month towards premiums for single coverage and $108 a month towards the premium for family coverage for all three years of a new contract.  The school board wants single coverage teachers to pay 10% of the premium for single coverage and 15% towards the premium for family coverage in year one with a 5% increase the next two years.  Under the school board’s proposal, teachers will start paying for about 14% of the districts insurance premium cost compared to 5% last year.

The two sides are seeing eye to eye on salaries, agreeing to 2% base salary increases in the first and second year of a three-year contract and a 1% pay raise the final contract year.

One unusual disagreement between the sides is that the board would like a policy where teachers “dress in an appropriate and professional manner for the duties which they’re assigned”.  The teacher’s union according to the board negotiating team opposes any language regarding teacher dress.

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