Union, schools at impasse

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$14,000 health and welfare package halts negotiations

Negotiations between Madera Unified School District and Madera Unified Teachers Association have reached an impasse, and union vice president John Seybold has not ruled out a strike by the teachers.

Seybold has provided the Tribune with documentation that shows negotiations between the union and the district broke down, and a mediator was called in to try to heal the breach. Seybold said this was not forthcoming, so the two sides now find themselves facing the next step, “fact-finding,” which will be performed again by a third party.

Seybold said fact finding would either support the district or the union. If, after fact finding, the district prevails and “imposes” a final offer that is unacceptable, a strike by the teachers could result.

Meanwhile, MUTA has filed an Unfair Practice Charge with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against Madera Unified. The teachers’ association is asking PERB to order MUSD to “immediately cease and desist from failing and refusing to bargain in good faith with MUTA, from interfering with and denying the EERA (Educational Employment Relations Act) protected rights of MUTA and its members, and from failing and refusing to participate in the impasse procedures in good faith.” ...

 

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