Sep 9, 2015 10:40 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett
The Teachers Association of Paradise has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Paradise Unified School District.
The union charges that the district is not bargaining in good faith.
The motion was filed with the Public Employment Relations Board September 5th.
In a news release, the TAP alleges that the district cancelled a mediation session and walked out of an April 30th meeting after presenting a proposal, without waiting to answer questions. It also accuses the district of presenting another proposal to union members and the public by posting it on the district website before the TAP bargaining team had an opportunity to respond.
Schools Superintendent Donna Colosky has only been on the job since July 1st, but today she disputed the allegations in a conversation with Action News Now.
Colosky says the cancelled mediation session was a postponement that both sides agreed to. She could not comment on the April 30th meeting because she was not present. And she said that TAP failed to respond to requests to meet about the offer that was posted to the district website , and it is district policy to post offers that have been presented.
The teachers union says the district has lost 34 teachers to other districts that offer better pay.
Colosky blames a nationwide teacher shortage.
She says the teachers received a 5.25 percent salary increase for the 2013-2014 school year, and current negotiations involve a 2 year contract.
Right now mediation is scheduled for September 23rd. ##