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Teacher’s Union Reaches Contract Impasse With School District

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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8 Responses to “Teacher’s Union Reaches Contract Impasse With School District”

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  2. Sandi is correct. We gave up the right to strike and made other concessions over the years. Teachers that went before us gave up pay raise and other benefits to build the little bit we have now.

    It’s a real slap in the face to the teachers who sacrificed so much to build the contract language to now decided we are all deficient somehow and overpaid?

    Some people would like other people to believe that teachers just take, take, take. But our cost of living increases and our pay raises have been conservative all along. I remember one year during “boom-time” when teachers got a cost of living increase plus 2% for a total of a 4% raise. Most people during that time made significantly more money than teachers. Even kids were dropping out of school at 16 to become valets and make 80K parking cars on strip.

    Now that the bubble is burst – which by the way, was the fault of the BANKS, BAD LOANS, and CORPORATIONS. . . everyone is gunning for teachers?

    Let me point out the obvious – teachers don’t make a lot of money.

    Might I suggest you look at the price of gold – headed to 1900 dollars an ounce. . . mining in Nevada is making a few people brillionaires, maybe even trillionaires. . . yet gold mines pay collectively 1/2 a percent tax.

    If you want to pay the bills. . . you might want to ask someone with money – MINING.

    I would suggest you pay teachers according to the promises that have been made over decades – teachers already sacrificed to protect themselves in times such as these.

    Posted by Angie Sullivan | August 21, 2011, 9:36 pm
  3. i understand the concerns of the teachers. I was under the impression that the no strike clause in their contract if the school district paid their retirement, which now they want them to pay something. am i wrong.

    Posted by sandi kovacich | August 21, 2011, 6:05 pm
  4. Please see “The Great Pension Fund Hoax” on http://www.youtube.com or at http://www.realitybloger.wordpress.com (misspelling is intentional)

    Posted by April M. | August 12, 2011, 7:15 am
  5. They are going to staff the schools with subs. Will it be your child that is “taught” by someone who is not necessarily highly qualified. What if most of your child’s school was staffed like this?

    It’s degrading as a professional to listen to the negotiations team report that there was no give and take – only commands and demands.

    I hope my union holds strong and defends my contract. Teachers gave up a lot to build that language. It’s time for the people who promised to defend teachers in times like these to come up to the plate and come up with a plan rather than just implementing surprise pay cuts on a moment’s notice.

    Posted by Angie Sullivan | August 11, 2011, 10:42 pm
  6. I completely agree with Flower. I am a CCSD teacher and we have not had cost of living raises for a couple of years now as well as “step” revisions.

    I am a single mom and barely making it here in Las Vegas (yes, I bought when the market was high). Unfortunately our salaries go down while the costs of groceries, gas, and utilities continue to rise.

    For the second year CCSD thought they would be laying off teachers but so many teachers moved out of the profession or the area that CCSD is again hiring instead.

    Yes, the good teachers will eventually have enough of the cuts to salaries, and now benefits, and leave CCSD.

    I appreciate the union trying to fight for us but the reality is that firefighters and police in Vegas have received raises while we have given up our Cost of Living Adjustments and the gap is getting bigger. Their union must be stronger as they have higher pension contributions, lower health care costs, and annal raises.

    The Las Vegas community needs to speak out…not just the teachers.

    Posted by SJ | August 11, 2011, 9:52 pm
  7. Teachers, Parents,& Friends of Education in Nevada..You need to fight to keep your teachers NOW!..Flood CCSD with your emails, phone calls and letters! Stand Strong to save our teachers!..Support CCEA..~~Anna~~

    Posted by Anna Hobbs | August 11, 2011, 8:02 pm
    • I am a teacher with CCSD. It is sad that it is being painted that it is somehow unfair that education and/or experience equals more money for teachers. Every other profession allows you to earn more according to experience, education and yes performance as well. They are proposing that teachers only be allowed to earn more based on performance ONLY.
      Let’s be real, teacher’s salaries were already cut. That began on the paycheck we received on July 8th. We are nationally known to be one of the lowest paid professions and now (on top of the pay cut), they want us to 1) not be compensated for education or experience; 2) pay half of the retirement rate increase and; 3) pay more for health insurance. I am barely making it on the salary I bring home now… with these added deductions, I am scared of what it may do to my financial future.
      What is going to happen is this: great teachers (like me) are going to leave Nevada and go elsewhere where I can earn enough to support myself and my child.
      NYC’s teacher union would not allow this to happen to their teachers.

      Posted by Flower | August 11, 2011, 8:46 pm

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