BC, teachers in negotiations

Last deal included three years worth of concessions

— Few details about the current contract negotiations are known.

Both Rounds and Douglas said at this point they are not included in the executive sessions held by the district where negotiations are discussed. According to Douglas, a negotiation team made up of legal and administration representatives for the district are involved in the meetings, who then report back to the board.

Rounds said similar representatives sit in for the BCTA, but the tentative contract that's been put forth by the union is “essentially a concessionary contract.”

“Our most recent proposal would save more than (the previous $2.2 million given back) over the life of the new agreement in comparison to what would need to be budgeted if an agreement is not reached,” he said, adding union representatives feel the proposed contract is fair and responsible, and if accepted would be beneficial to district and its students.

There was no word on how close the two parties were to an agreement. If the new contact is accepted by the district, union members would still have to approve the contract amendment by a two-thirds majority.

If the sides fail to come to an agreement through the ongoing negotiations, then under state law the existing contract would remain in effect until an agreement is reached. The existing 2006 contract terms call for an average 3.23 percent salary increase per year, not including “step” increases for longevity.

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