Fact-finder assigned to Gateway to help resolve gridlocked teachers contract
The state Labor Relations Board appointed a fact-finder recently to help advance sputtered contract talks between the Gateway teachers union and the school district.
Fact-finder Michelle Miller-Kotula was appointed by the board at a meeting in Harrisburg July 17, according to union president and Gateway teacher Mark Spinola.
Spinola said the process takes 40 days, at which point Miller-Kotula will issue a report.
“Parties then have 10 days to accept or reject the report,” Spinola said.
The union and school district are permitted to continue contract talks during the fact-finding process, but no meetings have been scheduled, said Mary Beth Cirucci, school board vice president and negotiations committee chair.
Negotiations for a new contract began in January 2017 and the union has been working without a contract since its pact expired last August. The union voted to authorize a strike in March if negotiations continue to stall.
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