After two years of failed talks, Union-area school district reaches tentative deal with teachers

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:24 p.m.

UNION, Maine — After nearly two years of unsuccessful talks, the negotiating committees for the Regional School Unit 40 teachers and the school board have reached a tentative deal.

Interim Superintendent Michael Cormier said Tuesday that he expects the full school board to vote to ratify the proposed contract at either the Dec. 5 or Dec. 19 board meeting.

The approximately 200 members of the Medomak Valley Education Association also must ratify the contract.

Terms of the agreement are not being released until both sides have approved the deal.

The tentative deal was struck Monday night, Cormier said.

The board and teachers have been unable to reach a contract agreement even though talks between the two sides began in January 2012. The last contract expired Aug. 31, 2012, and the faculty has been working under terms of that contract since. The two sides had earlier tried mediation, but that failed to break the logjam.

The sides then turned to a fact-finding panel that recommended retroactive 2.66 percent raises for teachers in 2012-13 and 2.9 percent for 2013-14. Following that, the panel recommended implementing a compensation system tied partially to student performance for 2014-15.

RSU 40 consists of Union, Warren, Washington, Friendship and Waldoboro.

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