“We just don’t have the kind of money the fact-finder suggested is available — at least not without cutting programs and reducing staff,” said Mark Porter, school board chair.
The district says it’s offering a 3.75 percent pay increase over two years, versus a one-year 5.28 percent increase sought by the union. A mediator will suggest a resolution.
“I’m optimistic that the parties can reach an agreement,” said a mediator who presided over a negotiating session last week.
Declaring an impasse will allow the two sides to bring in a mediator and factfinder to help broker a new contract
BURLINGTON — The Burlington School Board is crying foul because it says the city’s teachers union is refusing to hold public negotiations for its upcoming contract. “The people of Burlington want transparency,” said board Chair Mark Porter in a statement Monday. “We’ve made a concerted effort from the beginning to follow the same open negotiation […]
The board and the union had been at loggerheads over raises, teacher contributions to health care and reimbursement for graduate courses.
As the men and women who work in our city’s schools every day, our first and primary priority is teaching Burlington’s children. That’s why we sought a swift, one-year renewal of our contract more than a year ago.