Negotiations Continue

December 02, 1990

Contract talks between the Carroll County Education Association and the county Board of Education continued last week.

Although the CCEA has asked for substantial increases in teachers' salaries next year, the association did not offer specifics during the second bargaining session.

Harold Fox, chief negotiator for CCEA, said specifics will be offered after proposed changes in contract language have been resolved and the Board of Education unveils a health care insurance package for teachers.

CCEA and other associations representing school employees have complained that workers cannot afford to assume annual increases in insurance costs.

But the focus during the second negotiating session between the board and teachers centered on language changes offered by both parties.

"At least a few of them are not taken well by members of the bargaining table," Fox said.

He said teachers, for example, were against the board's proposal to extend the deadline for notifying teachers of involuntary transfers or assignments from July 1 to July 25.

Although teachers understood the district's rationale for extending the deadline, Fox said, it would not give adequate time to teachers who did not want to comply to seek a new job elsewhere.

The current contract expires June 30, 1991, and officials hope to conclude negotiations by the end of the year. Contract talks will continue at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 271 at the Board of Education office.

Contract talks between the board and the union representing plant and maintenance workers will continue at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster High School. Negotiations are scheduled at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the high school for administrators and supervisors.

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