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Community growing weary of contract dispute

It is not uncommon for teachers in California or other regions to face contractual challenges with their employers. When a contract dispute arises, however, the potential negative effects can be far reaching throughout an entire community. One such situation in another state has raised growing concerns among parents of students and other community members.

Apparently, the contract dispute has been ongoing for some time. Contract negotiations have been stalled since March 2016. Rumors of a possible teachers' strike have worried many parents, who have taken it upon themselves to send a list of questions to various officials, requesting them not only to supply answers, but to return to the negotiating table to make every effort to resolve the issues without resorting to a strike.

The teachers association responded, in part, by saying that when management refuses to compromise to negotiate a fair agreement, there is always a possibility of a strike. It was noted that not only teachers would strike. Nurses, school psychologists, language pathologists and all others represented by the association would strike as well. Many have shared their concerns that this would cause students to lose valuable learning time.

The school district has stated that substitute teachers would be hired so schools could remain open during a strike. Representatives also said that "no one wins" when teachers strike, which is why the district has requested that union leaders return to negotiations so a fair and swift resolution to the problems can be sought. Teachers are obviously not the only ones negatively impacted when a contract dispute remains unresolved. Any person in California facing contract problems may seek guidance from a business and commercial law attorney to discuss options for pursuing successful solutions.

Source:, "Teacher pay dispute: District, union address strike questions", Jake Abbott, Aug. 19, 2016

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