Juneau School District, Juneau Education Association moving forward with negotiations

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Education Association and Juneau School District bargaining team met on March 2 and 3, and March 6 through 8.

According to district superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, the team identified over 70 issues to discuss and have developed common interests. They have worked through 32 issues relating to special education, leave, job responsibilities and requirements, as well as room preparation.

The team worked to come to a consensus on issues on non-economic items including the vacancy posting process, telephones, issues related to leave, identifying and modernizing language, addressing breaks in service, and boundary exceptions for children of certified employees. At various times, the team has invited experts into the process to answer questions and provide personal knowledge and clarification on standard operations.

They have chosen to bargain utilizing Interest Based Bargaining.

IBB is a collaborative, consensus-based process that enables negotiators to become collective problem-solvers. Periodic updates will be provided throughout the process as they meet over the next four months. The goal of the parties is to reach a successor agreement prior to the end of the current school year.

The next round of meetings will be April 18 through 20.

The JEA bargaining unit is the District’s largest employee association, representing approximately 340 teachers and certified staff in the Juneau School District. JEA is a local affiliate of National Education Association Alaska.

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