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Tahoe-Truckee Teachers picket after mediation meeting

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunKathy Tallant, a Science teacher at Truckee High School, pickets with her dog Koda outside Sierra Mountain Educational Center Monday.

More than 100 faculty and community members gathered outside Sierra Mountain Educational Center in Truckee Monday holding picket signs to protest languishing contract negotiations with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

“There has been no intent by the district today to negotiate,” John Besio, a teacher at Alder Creek Middle School and a member of the Tahoe Truckee Teachers Association negotiating team said.

Officials with the Tahoe-Truckee Education Association said negotiations with the district have “failed” and a state mediator was called in to help move past an impasse that was declared between the two groups in early February.

Monday marked the first mediation session between union members and officials from Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

The talks were mainly focused on allowing the two sides to understand the budget, said Superintendent Steve Jennings.

Another session will be scheduled for a later date, Jennings said.

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Earlier this month, the teachers filed an unfair labor practice charge against the district asserting that the District used illegal bargaining tactics when it rescinded its 3 percent offer, according to the release.

Scott Beaudry, a teacher at Kings Beach Elementary School and also a member of the negotiating team said teachers did not receive a list of comparable basic aid districts.

“We didn’t make any progress with the district even though they’ve received a revenue increase of 39.2 percent over the last four years,” Beaudry said.

“They are projecting an increase for the next year and they are choosing to not pass anything on to teachers.”

” Emma Garrard and Andrew Cristancho

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