NUSD Proceeds To Fact Finding

After two meetings, a state-appointed mediator decided they could not help the Natomas Unified School District negotiate a contract with its classified employees.

The financially-troubled school district and California School Employees Association, Chapter 745 will proceed to fact finding

The school district seeks an agreement with the union cutting 7.9 percent total compensation for the 2011-12 school year. District officials says the cut is needed to balance the budget and avoid bankruptcy. Classified union members rejected a proposed contract earlier this year prompting the district to declare an impasse in negotiations with which include school secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and others.

The Public Employment Relations Board is a quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administering the collective bargaining rules that cover employees of California’s public schools, colleges, and universities and other public employees. The board will over see the fact finding panel and process.

The school district, union and board will each appoint one person with labor negotiations background to the panel. The panel will review information from both the school district and union before rendering a decision whether pay cuts are warranted. The panel is expected to convene in June.

Once the decision is rendered, the Natomas Unified school board could impose pay cuts on the classified employees.

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