ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Teachers in North Boone School District could be one step closer to striking. The North Boone Education Association has declared an impasse.
This comes after teachers marched together last month to file their intent to strike. The NBEA gave the district a Notice of Impasse yesterday. That basically means the union believes progress is not being made and now both parties mus submit their final contract proposals to the labor relations board 14 days after that information is made public. Teachers can strike if they choose.
“We’ve been sending back and forth meaningful proposals for the last month or two as we’ve been working with the federal mediator and we had hoped we were getting pretty close to a settlement, so we were a little be surprised to get the notice of impasse,” said School Board President Don Ward.
Contract negotiations have been ongoing since April of last year. More than 100 teachers have been working without a contract since June. Ward says as of Wednesday, teachers requested a 4.5% salary increase. The district says it can’t afford that right now.