Final proposals in for PPS, teachers union

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

PORTLAND -- Negotiations between Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers reached a critical milestone as final proposals for teacher contracts were made Wednesday.

After the district declared an impasse earlier this month, both sides submitted their final contract proposals to a state mediator.

Among the sticking points are how teachers pay for insurance, class sizes, and the length of school the year.

“Essentially, there's no difference, no changes from our first offer on the table. We feel that we continue to have a very fair proposal,” said Sean Murray from PPS.

“It's actually pretty disappointing. It's more of the same and the same means it does nothing to address the needs in our schools,” said Gwen Sullivan with the Portland Association of Teachers.

Both sides will now have a 30-day cooling off period. The soonest the teacher's union could strike would be Dec. 28.

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