BRADENTON -- A magistrate’s recommendations to help resolve contract talks between the teachers’ union and the Manatee County School District has been rejected by both organizations.
The district and the Manatee Education Association filed paperwork with the state’s Public Employees Relations Commission within the 20 days the recommendations were announced, which was on April 25.
MEA representatives announced today that they rejected the magistrate’s health plan recommendation. In a one-page news release, the MEA said the teachers’ union “is not opposed to increasing health insurance premiums for the current year.”
The problem, they said, rested in the district’s resolution to the health insurance premiums, which the magistrate approved.
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“The district’s proposal has some fundamental flaws,” according to Bruce Proud, the union’s chief negotiator.
Scott Martin, attorney for the school district, said administrators filed rejection papers with the state’s Public Employees Relations Commission on April 28. The district rejected six of the 17 recommendations made by the magistrate including: annual salary increases and sick pay being disbursed to retiring employees who have been with the district more than 20 years.
The magistrate’s recommendations were one step toward resolving the contract negotiations between the school district and the teachers’ union.
Now that each body has offered rejections the final decision regarding the contract will be left to the school board.