The year-long dispute between the Madera Unified School District and its teachers shows no sign of abating. An arbitration team led by Southern California mediator Bonnie Castry has been unable to bring the two sides together, pushing both parties closer toward a possible strike by teachers.
The latest round in the tugo- war over a new contract between MUSD and MUTA took place in a five-hour meeting Friday. After failing to resolve the differences Castry and her co-mediators took testimony from both sides, which will then be used to render a non-binding report and recommendations.
After the meeting Friday, union president Kathy Horn said, “We have worked very hard on this. MUTA made a good faith offer that was fiscally sound.”
Union vice-president John Seybold added, “We used the district’s own numbers, and we are disappointed by the fact that we couldn’t come to an agreement.”...