A neutral third-party mediator will be called into Galt Joint Union High School District in an attempt to resolve differences between the district and the classified union after union leaders declared an impasse in contract negotiations.
The certificated union is still in negotiations and is scheduled to meet Feb. 14. Union representatives have made a proposal that district Superintendent Matthew Roberts must take back to the school board for discussion, according to certificated union president Alex Bauer.
Both the classified and certificated negotiating teams have been meeting regularly at the bargaining table with the district. However, the classified union has been unable to come to an agreement, and declared an impasse last Friday.
The district has offered a 1 percent bump in salaries across the board, in addition to a half-percent one-time bonus for teachers who are part of the certificated union. But Bauer said neither union finds that acceptable, especially given the governor’s recent proposal to increase education funding statewide.
At the last regular school board meeting, he was joined by half a dozen other employees who addressed the school board.
At the time, Bauer said the next step will be what he termed “public informational picketing” outside district offices. Union members last did that in 2010.
This school year, they held several 20-minute public demonstrations after school in December. Once a week throughout the month, about 20 employees carried signs outside Galt High School chanting, “Our fair share” or “Dignity and respect” when asked by Bauer what they wanted.
But Roberts has said he feels the district has made progress in many areas through negotiation, but recognizes it can be a challenging process for everyone involved as districts face changes to fiscal systems, Common Core standards, health care and compensation, he said last month.
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