Arbitrator sides with CCSD over union contract for teachers
An arbitrator is siding with the Clark County School District in a dispute over the union contract for more than 17,000 teachers. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An arbitrator is siding with the Clark County School District in a dispute over the union contract for more than 17,000 teachers.
This comes after the Clark County Teacher's Union and the school board couldn't come to an agreement on their own.
On Thursday, the arbitrator ruled in favor of freezing step increases, and said the district and teacher's don't have to pay into the health trust.
Action News talked with a district spokesperson, who said they're relieved the arbitrator chose their proposal.
"That means teachers will now be working under a contract," said Amanda Fulkerson. "That's a good thing. We are going to be able to save a little bit of funding that will go directly to the classroom."
District superintendent Dwight Jones said in a statement he's relieved and the money will help balance the budget.
The decision applies to contracts for the 2012-2013 year. But teachers won't be forced to pay back extra money received before the ruling.
The Teacher's Union released a statement saying, "CCEA accepts the arbitrator's decision...this decision does not address a more systemic problem. As long as the legislature doesn't adequately fund public education, school districts will continue to have challenges to meet the needs of the student population."
An arbitrator said the ruling was made with the assumption that CCSD will show good faith in keeping its goal to hire more teachers.