Insurance pool remains sticking point, still no proposal put before teachers
• Daily Leader staff report
In an attempt to come to an agreement with the teachers’ negotiating team, the USD No. 480 school district negotiating team met Tuesday with LNEA.
The meeting and subsequent negotiations collapsed again, according to a statement released earlier today by USD 480.
“The purpose of the meeting was to try and come to an agreement on the contract for this school year,” the release noted. “The district negotiation team and the LNEA negotiation team have been working since February to settle the contract for the 2010-2011 school year. After the last work session the two teams determined that they were not able to settle the contract and both groups signed impasse papers.
“Attempting to finalize a contract prior to the school year the Board of Education requested another negotiation meeting and the union agreed to meet,” the release continued. “Dan Diepenbrock, representing the Board of Education with negotiations said, ‘At the previous negotiation meeting, the union’s offer regarding health insurance was to add $400,000 to the pool, but exclude administrators from the insurance pool. When we met Tuesday, the board agreed to add $400,000 to the insurance pool, but include administrators. The union’s counter offer to that on Tuesday was to add $1,000,000 to the pool.
“‘Rather than moving toward meeting us in the middle, the union is moving in the other direction,’ Diepenbrock added. ‘We now proceed to mediation with the hope that the federal mediator can get us moving toward a compromise.’”