Tahoe-Truckee teacher salary talks to resume despite union’s charges
April 8, 2008
Despite charges of breached state collective bargaining agreements, local teachers and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will resume salary negotiations at the end of the month.
On Monday, the 270-member Tahoe-Truckee Education Association announced that it had filed unfair labor practice charge against the district. Jim Driscoll, president of the Tahoe-Truckee teacher’s union, alleged the district is withholding budget documents and is practicing regressive bargaining; both of which are illegal in the state of California, the union claims.
The charge was filed with the Public Employment Relations Board, the state agency responsible for enforcing collective bargaining laws covering public sector employees and employers.
The district has received notification of the unfair labor practice charge, said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Jo Lynn Wilson, but she declined to comment.
The charge was filed with the state relations board on April 3, said PERB’s Les Chisholm. Now that the charge has been filed, Chisholm said, the district has two weeks to respond, although it is not mandated to do so.
The state board would then evaluate the charge and any responses received and either issue a complaint against the district or dismiss the charge.
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If the state board files a complaint an informal settlement conference would be held between the district and the union, Chisholm said. If an agreement is secured the process ends there, if not further administrative action would be taken, he said.
Meanwhile, the district and the teachers are still planning to negotiate salaries with a state appointed mediator on April 28 and 29, said Laura Schultz of the California Teachers Association.
“To have this [unfair labor practice charge] going on does not hinder us in any way, it helps us support our position,” Schultz said.