The Burlington School Board is dismayed by the outcome of the negotiations with the Burlington Education Association.
Erik Wells, a district spokesman, confirmed there would be no school Friday, but declined to say when or how the board might make overtures to the union going forward.
The sides gave different versions of what stymied the one-day mediation session. Teachers pointed to scheduling, but the board said it was new salary demands.
It appears one contract issue remains, having to do with demands on teachers’ time during the workday. If that can’t be ironed out, a strike would start Thursday, the union says.
The union membership will meet Thursday to decide what to do next, including the possibility of striking.
The Burlington School Board and teachers union made “some progress” Thursday but still remain apart on salary, health insurance and working conditions.
Districts say the reduced payments mean they’ll have less money to put on the bargaining table. Gov. Phil Scott had pushed to negotiate teacher health care at the state level.
One of the outstanding negotiation issues still facing the Burlington School Board and teachers union for the fiscal year 2018 contract is health care coverage.
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.
Declaring an impasse will allow the two sides to bring in a mediator and factfinder to help broker a new contract
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