Will school union contract talks bear fruit?
Three employee unions have agreed to keep talking about contract concessions that could help the Janesville School District balance its 2012-13 budget. Those talks are scheduled to continue in a closed session Thursday.
The teachers union, the Janesville Education Association, is the largest of three unions.
Previously, the school board asked the unions to make pension payments that many state and local government employees started making this year. If all district employees made those payments this school year, the district could have saved about $3.7 million. Those payments would be an estimated 5.8 percent of each worker’s pay this year and 5.9 percent starting next month.
Dave Parr, president of the JEA, has said that in order to get concessions, the school board would have to give up something in return.
Does that bode well for fruitful talks? What could the board give that the unions might accept and would still benefit the district overall?
We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Wednesday.