Janesville school unions, board to 'meet and confer'
JANESVILLE – The Janesville School Board decided Tuesday to “meet and confer” with employee unions about benefits and working conditions next week.
The board’s decision, taken in closed session, is a response to the teachers union request last week to commence negotiations, said board President Bill Sodemann. The union had threatened to sue if the district did not agree to negotiations.
Teachers union President Dave Parr told The Gazette on Wednesday that the board’s action is “a step forward.”
The union’s deadline for the board to respond to the request for negotiations, set for today, was postponed until after next week’s meeting, and could be postponed indefinitely, Parr said.
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