Northwest NEWS

August 26, 2002

Local News

Northshore teacher contract talks continue

According to Northshore School District spokeswoman Pamela Steele, "We are continuing our mediation. Our last scheduled meeting was (last) Thursday, but both teams agreed to continue mediating. They (met last) Friday and they've also set aside Monday (after this paper went to print) and Tuesday, on an as-necessary basis. Potentially (the district and teachers' union) could be mediating up until the 4 p.m. meeting of the NSEA (Northshore Education Association) membership on Tuesday, (Aug. 27).
   "Progress is slow, but everyone is really quite engaged in the discussion. We remain cautiously optimistic that we're going to be able to reach a tentative agreement by the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday," said Steele.
   The union bargaining team is also hopeful.
   Said NSEA Vice President and bargaining team member Diane Puckett, "Our team is cautiously optimistic after (last Friday's session) that a settlement may be reached before the opening day of school."
   The Association will hold a general membership meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Cedar Park Assembly of God Church, according to an NSEA news release. In June union members voted either to ratify a contract or to consider a strike vote on this date.