Saturday, October 25, 2014

Glendive teachers’ contract in limbo

By Jason Stuart

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

There is, as of yet, no signed new labor contract between Glendive Public Schools and its teachers.

The Glendive Unified School Board met early Tuesday morning with the intention of ratifying the tentative contract reached with the Glendive Education Association last week. 

The GEA membership voted to ratify the tentative agreement last Wednesday.

However, Tuesday’s GUSB meeting ended without the board taking a vote on ratifying the contract. 

Instead, the board ordered the document back to the Interest Based Bargaining Committee — composed of board members and GEA representatives — for further tweaking and clarification on some issues.

Among the items where language changes were suggested were articles dealing with teacher evaluations, classroom sizes and a “longevity” clause to give better pay to teachers who have spent at least 15 years with the district.

Denning said she thought the GUSB should not have met until those language changes had been hashed out through the IBB. She also suggested the IBB shouldn’t “have really thumbs-upped” the tentative agreement at its last meeting.

With the contract being sent back to the IBB, the GEA will have to meet again and revote on whether to accept it with the amended language. 

The IBB has scheduled a meeting to review the proposed language changes and work out the kinks for 7:30 a.m. next Monday.

Despite Tuesday’s setback, Seifert remains confident that the process, which has dragged on since last year, is near its end.

“I would not say it’s broken, I think our basic agreement is solid,” she said. “I think we just need some time to review the contract thoroughly.”

Approached after the meeting, Hoffer declined to comment on the morning’s developments.

 

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

Get the whole story in the Thursday, June 5, 2014 print issue of the Ranger-Review.
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