Anchorage School District and teachers union reach stalemate in contract negotiations, agree to federal mediator

9/16/2018 | By: Tegan Hanlon, ADN

The Anchorage School District and the teachers union that represents about 3,300 of the city’s educators have reached a stalemate in contract negotiations. They agreed Thursday night, after about four hours of bargaining, to bring in a federal mediator to help.

“We’re kind of deadlocked,” said Tom Klaameyer, head of the union, the Anchorage Education Association. “We’re at the point where it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels. We’re both saying the same things and we’re both not satisfied with the movement of the other side, so we’re getting nowhere.”

In interviews Friday, both sides said they’re hopeful to reach an agreement with the help of a mediator. But they remain at odds over a list of items. The union wants teachers to have more autonomy in the classroom and more of a voice in the selection of curriculum and programs, Klaameyer said, among other asks included in its contract proposal. The two sides also disagree over salaries and health benefits.

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