Bus drivers, paraeducators in school district approve strike

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) 12 / 02 / 2017 WCAX UPDATE: It appears a strike has been avoided in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.

The district has come to a tentative agreement with its support staff and bus drivers avoiding a strike. It took more than 7 hours of negotiating for the two sides to come to a successful agreement Saturday. Details of that agreement won't be made public until the school board and employees officials agree on the terms but as it stands there is a verbal agreement.

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Bus drivers and para educators in a Vermont school district have voted to go on strike Dec. 5 if a new contract isn't reached by then.

The Rutland Herald reports 61 union members who have worked for 18 months without a contract rejected on Thursday the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union's use of retroactive contract terms.

The union members belong to the Rutland Northeast Education Association. A representative says the two big sticking points are health insurance and wages.

The strike would affect Otter Valley Union High School and elementary school students in the towns of Leicester, Sudbury, Whiting, Goshen, Brandon and Pittsford, as well as Mendon and Chittenden in the Barstow Unified Union School District.

James Rademacher, a negotiator for the district, said the school board met Wednesday night and agreed to resume negotiations with the support staff union.

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