Secretaries union and school system ruled at impasse

April 10, 1997|By A SUN STAFF WRITER

A second union has come to an impasse in contract negotiations with the Anne Arundel County school system.

State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick referred the 750-member Secretaries and Assistants of Anne Arundel County and school officials to nonbinding arbitration Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Grasmick declared an impasse between the school board and the largest union within the school system, the 4,000-member Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

Negotiations with two other unions are progressing.

Stephen Flavin, chief negotiator for the schools, said the school system and the secretaries union disagreed on salary and several contract language changes.

Talks have continued for several months.

Leaders of the secretaries union could not be reached yesterday.

The dispute over the secretaries' contract goes to the American Arbitration Association, a national labor relations organization, which will forward a list of names of potential arbitrators to both sides.

Each side eliminates names it does not want until only one remains.

That person will hear both sides and issue findings within 30 days.

The school system and teachers are in the process of identifying an arbitrator for their talks.

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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