By Staff Writer Richard Irwin
Rowland teachers have declared an impasse in the stalled contract negotiations with the Rowland Unified School District.
The Association of Rowland Educators is asking the state to send in a mediator to handle further negotiations. The state steps in when regular negotiations break down.
“We’re filing the paperwork now to declare an impasse with the state,” said ARE President John Petersen.
Union officials say the contract talks broke down during the eighth bargaining session last Thursday. In an email to the teachers, Nadine Loza, bargaining chair, explained what happened.
“The ARE bargaining team was disappointed (but not surprised) when the district presented their counterproposal after lunch. The district’s proposal was not significantly different from their last proposal. Overall, the district has not moved significantly from their initial proposal especially on critical issues like salary, benefits, planning time, adjunct duties and combo classes.”
The teachers’ representatives say they declared a impasse and cancelled the next bargaining session set for Thursday.
“There’s a backlog for mediators, so we don’t expect the state to assign one for at least six weeks,” Petersen said.
This mediator will meet with both sides to try and work out the differences. Petersen insists the bargaining teams will not meet until the state assigns a mediator.
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