OEA's Negotiation Team met with the district team, the classified team and the administrators's team Friday morning and heard the school boards final offer. It did not offer much of anything new and we were given an ultimatum of accepting by Monday (today) by 4 pm or the district would call impasse and send out a news release explaining our rejection of their plan. Our OEA board met immediately after and voted to go to impasse. Notification was made to Supt. Zabriskie and we sent out a news release. We will be sending a mailing to all members this week. We will work with the district to appoint a mediator and start the mediation process as soon as possible. We know that the Obama administration and Congress have passed a "jobs bill" that could bring up to $2 million dollars to Ogden District that can be used for salary. We are optimistic that this will help us reach an agreement. We will start the year without a new contract. If you have questions, please contact me (Rick Palmer) at 801-390-6365 or email Doug Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weber mediation continues this morning at 9 a.m. with a meeting of the WEA team, the district team and mediator Lynn Trenbeath. We hope the infusion of $5 million dollars in stimulus money from the federal government will help us reach agreement.