The Clark County Education Association declared an impasse last night after being unable to reach an agreement on labor contracts with the Clark County School District. The parties have met four times since July to try to balance a $37 million budget deficit. Today, the CCSD issued a statement characterizing the Teacher’s Union as hostile, uncooperative and unwilling to make any concessions.
With just over two weeks to go before school starts and no newly inked contract, 800 teachers’ jobs are at risk. That is in addition to the 600 or so support positions already targeted for elimination.
Under Nevada state law an impasse means the issue would go to arbitration for a judge to decide the terms of the contracts. Should that happen a decision would likely not be reached for several months but that would not delay the start of school. Under state law, teachers are prohibited from going on strike. It is also possible that the district could decide to eliminate the teacher positions in the interim while awaiting a decision.
At issue is the district’s proposal to freeze step-increase wages. That would prevent teachers with more experience and education from earning more than their colleagues with less. The union also objects to the proposal that employees begin paying half of their retirement rate increase and replacing their current health insurance with an HMO.
Recently the CCSD notified the non-profit Teacher’s Health Trust of its intent to terminate its 28-year relationship with them, opting instead for a for-profit commercial insurance company. In laymen terms, CCSD is dropping Teacher’s Trust for a cheaper HMO health insurance carrier that offers less coverage and more costs to its employees.
Last week, the CCSD fired all of its painters, about 40 of them, and replaced them with temporary workers instead.
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