Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bargaining Session #6 - August 16th, 2011

We met with district negotiators this morning.  Now that school district budget information is available (due to the state shutdown, those numbers were about two months late), our focus for today was to make our first economic offers.

Both sides worked to pare offers down to the most essential points in an effort to seriously work toward an early settlement.  The meeting was productive, but we have more work to do to reach agreement.  We plan to meet next week after the district team meets with the school board. 

Our best chance for an early settlement is to come to an agreement by the end of August.  We will continue to work hard toward that end and keep you posted,
Your Negotiators - Paul, LeMoyne, Vicky, Jay, David, Gary, and Julie

Friday, August 5, 2011

Bargaining Session #5 - Friday, August 5th, 2011

Today we started our bargaining session with more specific discussions of contract language items and then began broaching some economic items.  We believe both sides have shared their major priorities as far as contract language, though we still need to finish specifics in a number of areas. We ended the meeting by planning our next session.   

On Tuesday, August 16, we will be meeting for a full day to exchange economic proposals and discuss compensation ideas.  District Chief Financial Officer Michelle Vargas will kick off the meeting with a description of district finances.  This next meeting will tell us a lot about our chances for an early settlement.

Thanks for reading and we'll keep you posted, 
Your Negotiators - Paul, LeMoyne, Vicky, Jay, David, Gary, and Julie