MUSD Teachers, District Staff To Work With Mediator

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – With McKinleyville teachers and the local school district at an impasse over salary negotations, both sides are scheduled to meet with a state mediator on Thursday, Feb. 6.

The McKinleyville Teachers Association and the McKinleyville Union School District will try to reach an agreement with the help of the mediator from the Public Employee Relations Board. The union’s 65 teachers work at the district’s three schools – McKinleyville Middle School, Dow’s Prairie School and Morris School.

On Nov. 21, the MUSD offered the teachers a two percent salary increase for the 2013/2014 school year retroactive to July 1. In addition, the MUSD offered a one-time half-of-a-percent salary increase, also retroactive to July 1. The district offered to pay for any increase in rates for health and welfare benefits for this school year and the last school year.

The MTA countered the offer by asking for a salary increase of five percent. They also asked to increase their discretionary days from four days to six days. Discretionary days are days off that teachers can take without having to specify a reason, like illness.

Both sides also offered alternative proposals with variations in the pay and benefits increases.

Both sides jointly decided that they had reached an impasse. That triggered the requirement for a mediator.

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