Tri States Public Radio Staff
Fri November 22, 2013
Impasse Declared in Teacher Contract Talks
The Macomb School District has declared that contract talks with the Macomb Education Association have reached an impasse.
Superintendent Patrick Twomey was granted authority to declare the impasse if the MEA did not submit a new proposal by Thursday of this week. During a news conference on Wednesday, Dr. Twomey said both sides would have seven days to submit their final and best offer once the declaration was issued.
Twomey was not available for comment on Friday, but the school district announced it will hold another news conference on Monday, November 25 at 1:30 pm at the Administrative Service Center.
In a news release, MEA chief negotiator Suellyn Rieckelman said teachers were only aware of the Thursday deadline because it was mentioned during Monday’s Board of Education meeting and subsequently reported on in the media. She is disappointed the MEA was not directly contacted.
“Negotiations require a good faith effort on both sides of the table. We are disheartened that the board is showing such little faith in this process,” said Rieckelman.
Teachers have been working without a contract this school year.
The last bargaining session took place November 5 with the assistance of a federal mediator.
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