Clarifying MUSD contract negotiations

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webmaster | 06/22/12

As summer vacation arrives this year, the teachers, nurses and counselors of Madera Unified Teachers’ Association (MUTA) wish everyone a great summer vacation. We also want you to know that as professionals we care and work diligently with the students in our care. Summer brings not just time off from work for us, but for many, more hours of learning and preparation for the next year.

You will soon be hearing that the Madera Unified School District has moved for impasse in its contract negotiations with MUTA. We do not agree that we have arrived at impasse and want all of you to know what is happening. Below is a list of the procedures in which both sides will be engaging in the next school year.

We here at MUTA want you the parents and concerned citizens of Madera to be informed and aware of the process that will begin at the beginning of next school year. The definitions below are meant to help you understand the process and not to be misled by these terms as others use them haphazardly.

Impasse: One, or both, MUSD and MUTA assert that no more progress is possible in negotiations (MUTA will let the Public Employment Relations Board know that we disagree with MUSD).

Mediation: A state-appointed neutral mediator attempts to force a settlement between the parties.

Fact finding: A legally defined process involving a neutral “fact finder” and two advocates (one appointed by each side) who attempt to use comparative data to determine the feasibility of a settlement.

Report: Fact finder’s non-binding suggestion for a settlement (this has little, if anything, to do with the facts).

Imposition: MUSD can ignore fact finder’s report and impose their “last, best and final” offer.

Strike: MUTA can accept what has already been offered, or can strike until a better settlement is reached.

Thank you for your help and the support you provide every day for the children in our community.

Madera Unified Teachers’ Association (MUTA) Kathy Horn, president

 

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