Janesville school unions request new contract
JANESVILLE--Three union locals representing Janesville School District employees Monday requested negotiations on a new contract.
Superintendent Karen Schulte said she would not want to bargain until it’s clear what the law allows.
Teachers union President Dave Parr said the unions’ offer would benefit both sides as well as students and save the district “millions of dollars.”
Parr would not go into details, saying that has to wait until the unions and district officials sit down to negotiate.
The unions made their move 10 days after a Dane County judge struck down portions of the controversial Wisconsin Act 10.
The law restricted collective bargaining by most public employees and led to massive protests in Madison last year.
The state has asked the judge to stay his judgment pending an appeal. Meanwhile, Dane County workers already have a new contract, and Madison city workers are close to achieving the same.
Both sides were willing to reach agreement in the Madison and Dane County cases, said Peter Davis, legal counsel for the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, but without mutual agreement, “It’s fuzzy out there. There’s no clear right or wrong answer as to how an employer should behave at this point.”
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