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Gary school district, teachers union at collective bargaining impasse | Local Education

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The Gary Community School Corp. has reached an impasse with its teachers amid negotiations over a brand new collective bargaining settlement.

According to the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB), a ratified collective bargaining contract was resulting from be submitted Monday, and no signed deal was obtained by the shut of enterprise.

As a consequence, the school company and the teachers union should now work with a mediator to resolve the impasse over the following 30 days.

Paige McNulty, the Gary school district’s supervisor, is assured that when the administration presents its final, greatest and remaining provide to the teachers union, the impasse will efficiently be resolved briefly order.

“We are bargaining in good religion,” McNulty stated. “I’m optimistic we are going to come to a decision.”

GlenEva Dunham, president of the Gary chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, is much less sure. She believes the district is dragging its ft on negotiations and trying to silence teachers after they attempt to name consideration to the impasse.

On Wednesday, Dunham instructed the Indiana Distressed Unit Appeals Board — which oversees the financially impaired Gary school district instead of domestically elected trustees — that the two% instructor pay increase proposed by the school district is unacceptable if it stays tied to retirement profit cuts and medical insurance premium will increase.