West Shore school teachers want new contract

Members of the West Shore Education Association say it is time for a new contract.

Union leaders say they have not had a new deal in two years and the district has not been negotiating in good faith.

Union President Kevin Downs says the School Board has to step up.

“They didn’t address our contract at an August 22 session,” said Downs. “They cancelled an August 30 meeting, and nothing got done.”

Board members said during Thursday’s special meeting, that there are three core issues: healthcare plans, a Cadillac tax, that would kick in if healthcare costs got out of control and a salary scale.

The district said the union came in several thousand dollars above their best and final offer on salary increases and that is whey they cancelled the final meeting in August.

Downs says they will have a vote next week on the district’s final offer.

“I don’t have a feel on how the vote will go,” said Downs. ‘If they approve it, then we go back to the board and see if they will give the green light.”

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