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Capac School District, employee union negotiations at stalemate


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Teachers and support staff walked en masse to negotiations in October.

December 24, 2008
CAPAC — Negotiations on Monday, December 15 failed to produce a contract both the school district and employee unions could agree on.

Both Superintendent Jerry Jennex and Capac Education Association President Colleen Burke confirmed they left the meeting in a stalemate.

Contracts with support staff expired on June 30 and a teachers contract expired on August 20. The next scheduled meeting is in early February.

Burke said the union has offered up proposals that would save the district money but believes the district isn't interested in anything but their own initial offer. Burke said she couldn't elaborate on details of the contract.

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"Our proposals are in line with other contracts in the county," Burke said.

Earlier this year, the union filed an Unfair Labor Practice grievance against the district.

Previously, Jennex had said the administration and school board understand that its employees are "at the heart of its educational programs, but the board also recognizes its responsibility to balance its expenditures with its revenues."

For the moment, the 96 members teachers' union and 50 member support staff union groups remain on the Michigan Education Association's 'Critical List.' The MEA places a district on the list when, in their words, "efforts to reach a contract stall or when bargaining has been protracted and unproductive and school district employees feel they need assistance from the community and MEA to reach a fair and equitable contract settlement."

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