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Marathon bargaining session for Portland teachers

 
Marathon bargaining session for Portland teachers
Posted Tuesday, January 7th 2014 @ 12pm  by Brad Ford

The cooling off period is over for Portland teachers and the Portland School District, but both sides are working hard to reach agreement on a new contract.  They met for 21 hours Monday night and while they made some progress they didn't finalize an agreement.

The Portland Assocation of Teachers released the following statement:

After a marathon bargaining session of more than 21 straight hours, Portland teachers and the Portland School District have yet to come to resolution on the teachers’ contract.

“We put in a lot of hard work, but we weren’t able to get there yet,” said Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers. “From the beginning of this contract bargain – and every day in school buildings across this city - Portland teachers have been fighting for the schools our students deserve. We won’t give up.”

The Portland School District released this statement:

Following a bargaining session that extended for nearly 22 hours, talks between Portland Public Schools (PPS) and the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) ended early Tuesday without an agreement on a new contract for Portland’s 2,900 educators.
 
PPS Chief Human Resources Officer Sean Murray said, “We are disappointed that the talks concluded today without an agreement. We felt we were close to a deal that would have benefitted students and teachers. We made significant changes in our positions to respond to the Association’s key concerns. Now we will have to consider our next steps in the coming days.”
 
PPS negotiators plan to present PAT with a proposal today that reflected the settlement framework the school district had put on the table early Tuesday morning. PPS negotiators will also brief the Portland School Board on Tuesday night.

The two sides agreed to take a break and reconnect later this week.

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