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Janesville School Board talks about teacher negotiations

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
August 21, 2009
— The Janesville School Board was scheduled to meet in closed session this morning to discuss negotiations with the teachers union.

The Janesville Education Association and the board are negotiating a contract that will replace one that expired June 30.


The agenda for today’s meeting called for a presentation by Mike Julka, a labor law attorney who leads the board’s negotiating team.


Board President DuWayne Severson said there’s nothing unusual about the special meeting, calling it “just another update meeting that we have periodically.”


Negotiations began May 19. The fourth negotiating session is set for Monday evening.


The two sides have not signaled they are near a tentative agreement, but Severson said he’s optimistic.


“I’m hopeful all the time that we can get it solved sooner than later,” Severson said. “Both sides are doing a good job, so let’s hope we can do it before the students start school.”


School starts Tuesday, Sept. 1.


In the absence of a new contract, teachers work under the terms of the old contract.


The school board has proposed a pay freeze for the coming school year and a 1.34 percent pay hike in 2010-11. Teachers have said they want to settle working-conditions issues before discussing compensation.



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