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Teachers union files complaint over Clark County School District email

Teachers union files complaint

KSNV coverage of the Clark County teachers union alleging the School District engaged in bad faith bargaining practices, Oct. 22, 2011.

The Clark County teachers union filed a complaint on Friday against the Clark County School District, alleging the district engaged in bad faith bargaining practices.

The Clark County Education Association — which represents more than 17,000 public schoolteachers — filed the complaint with Nevada's Employee-Management Relations Board after the School District sent an email to employees on Sept. 14 with “frequently asked questions” about the Teachers Health Trust.

The email listed the district’s position and answers to 15 questions about the trust, a nonprofit health insurance provider for Clark County teachers. The teachers union alleges the School District violated state law by sending the email to employees.

“With this communication, CCSD circumvented its legal obligations to negotiate in good faith with CCEA by attempting to negotiate directly with the employees, which is against the law,” the union said in a press release.

In August, the teachers union declared an impasse in its contract negotiations with the School District, which is seeking $56 million in concessions from its four employee unions to balance its budget. The matter will go to arbitration, pending resolution of the complaint, said union president Ruben Murillo.

The district’s proposed concessions include a two-year salary freeze for education and experience, cutting salaries by 1.125 percent to pay for an pension contribution rate increase and replacing the Teachers Health Trust for a for-profit carrier.

The School District warned more than 500 teacher positions may be cut if concessions are not reached. Spokesman Amanda Fulkerson said the district had no comment on the union complaint because they had not seen it as of Saturday.

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