Both the WEA Negotiations Team and the District Team met with our mediator, Lynn Trenbeath, yesterday for two hours to start the mediation process. We defined the issues and discussed our concerns and interests on both sides. We then looked at options. Lynn gave both groups homework and we will reconvene on Monday, August 16.
The new stimulus money could mean more than $5 million to Weber District and over $2 million to Ogden to help with retaining and hiring teachers. It is part of the almost $100 million that is Utah's share of the jobs bill that President Obama signed into law. The NEA lobbied hard for this bill that will save up to 1,500 teacher jobs in Utah alone.
Ogden negotiations continues tomorrow morning with a meeting with the classified, administrators and the district.