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Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Navy aircraft maintenance contract in play

Concerns among about 400 civilian aircraft maintenance workers at Whiting Field and Pensacola Naval Air Station have prompted renegotiation of their health insurance contract starting Dec. 10. “We’ve got to assess the situation…We don’t want to make it sound as though a strike is looming because we aren’t at that point,” said Tony Wirth, a […]

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

New school board seeks harmony with teachers

With two teachers union-backed candidates winning seats on the Santa Rosa School Board, some members foresee more cooperation on the lingering pay dispute that could ease contention with District Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “We need to look at our priorities, which include instructional salaries,” said Wei Ueberschaer. She defeated District 5 board incumbent Scott Peden, winning […]

Impasse between district and union

Impasse between district and union

Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick officially declared an impasse between the district and its teacher’s union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators, May 21. Union president Rhonda Chavers said a special magistrate hearing is expected to take place in July. “This has been the most difficult round of bargaining our county has ever experienced […]

Superintendent: “Most difficult” contract negotiations ever

Superintendent: “Most difficult” contract negotiations ever

Santa Rosa County Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick May 21 officially declared an impasse between the district and its teacher’s union, Santa Rosa Professional Educators. Union president Rhonda Chavers said a special magistrate hearing, the next step in the impasse resolution process, is expected to take place in July — unless either party waives the procedure. […]

More delays for teachers’ contract renewal

More delays for teachers’ contract renewal

Santa Rosa County teachers will continue operating under an expired contract after union negotiators failed to reach a renewal agreement and the school district’s chief negotiator declared an impasse. After more than a dozen negotiation sessions between representatives from the school district and Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the teachers’ union, Steve Ratliff, chief negotiator […]

Officials inch toward approving teachers’ contracts

Officials inch toward approving teachers’ contracts

Negotiators from Santa Rosa County Schools and the county’s teachers’ union are moving closer to finalizing new contracts. The groups have met more than a dozen times since the fall, but progress stalled when school board representatives wanted to include four furlough days. After union officials refused to back down, the district gave in and […]

Teachers’ union seeks federal mediation

Teachers’ union seeks federal mediation

Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, is seeking federal mediation to resolve negotiations with Santa Rosa County School District. The district wants to add  four furlough days into the teachers’ contract, which expired in August 2014. “We absolutely will not agree to it,” Rhonda Chavers, SRPE president, said, following a Jan. 14 negotiation session. Steve Ratliff, […]

District furlough plans hold up contract negotiations

District furlough plans hold up contract negotiations

After 10 negotiation sessions, representatives from Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, and Santa Rosa County Board officials have finally made some progress toward renewing a three-year teachers’ contract. “We made great strides at the last negotiation session with just a few more issues to work out,” Steve Ratliff, chief negotiator for […]

Teacher salary negotiations stalled

Teacher salary negotiations stalled

Despite holding nine negotiation sessions since September, representatives from Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, and Santa Rosa County District Schools officials have yet to agree upon teacher salaries. “The difference in SRPE’s proposal and the school district offer is about $233,000 and a difference in the philosophy of how to institute […]

Union leaders fight to increase teacher pay

Union leaders fight to increase teacher pay

Representatives from Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE), the county’s teachers’ union, faced off last week against Santa Rosa County District Schools officials in tense contract negotiations. Tempers flared after a union representative pointed out what he said is a $300,000 miscalculation by the district. “Your numbers are off,” said David Godwin, a math teacher at […]