September 17, 2014

BREAKING: CSSU, teachers association fail to reach contract consensus

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By Tim Simard
Observer staff

Chittenden South Supervisory Union’s negotiating team and the local teachers union failed to agree on a new contract Thursday night. Scott Cameron, the lead negotiator for CSSU and a Montpelier lawyer, said representatives from the Chittenden South Education Association walked out of the negotiations about three hours into the meeting at Williston Central School.

According to a press release issued by CSSU Friday afternoon, both sides remain apart on the issues of step increases and teacher payments towards health care premiums, among other concerns.

The CSSU board has given the Chittenden South Education Association until Jan. 31 to accept the CSSU proposal or make a “reasonable counter offer,” Cameron said. He added the CSSU school boards may decide to impose a one-year contract to complete the process.

Lisa Bisbee, chief negotiator for the Chittenden South Education Association, did not return calls from the Observer on Friday afternoon. In the past, the teachers union has met with a lawyer to discuss the legalities of a strike.

The Chittenden South Education Association is made up of teachers from Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, Williston and Champlain Valley Union High School.

The Observer will feature more in the Jan. 27 issue.

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