The Salem-Keizer Education Association, which represents nearly 2,300 instructors, declared an impasse in contract discussions.
The Salem-Keizer Education Association, which represents nearly 2,300 instructors, declared an impasse in contract discussions.

Contract Negotiations Stall: Salem-Keizer Education Association Declares Impasse

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The Salem-Keizer Education Association (SKEA), representing approximately 2,300 educators, announced an impasse in contract negotiations with the district, marking a significant development in ongoing discussions.

The impasse escalation raises the possibility of a strike, with the potential commencement date set for April 1st. If a strike occurs, it would be the first in the history of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, resulting in the closure of all educational facilities.

Uncertain Commentary from the Union President:

SKEA President Tyler Scialo-Lakeberg’s immediate comment on the impasse declaration was unavailable, leaving the union’s official stance and future actions unclear.

Contract negotiations have been ongoing since last spring, with SKEA and ASK-ESP, representing support staff, engaged in mediation sessions. While ASK-ESP has not declared an impasse, discussions with SKEA have reached an impasse on critical issues.

Disputed Points of Contention

Class sizes, compensation, and working conditions remain unresolved between the district and SKEA despite progress on other matters. These areas of contention represent significant hurdles in reaching a comprehensive agreement.

The district’s latest proposal to teachers and licensed educators includes a 9.5% raise over two years, augmented insurance benefits, a $5,000 retention and recognition bonus, and increased teacher prep time at the elementary level. 

With a total value exceeding $37 million, the offer stands as the most substantial increase in recent memory, according to district officials.

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