Portland Teacher Contract Talks Break Off | 101 KXL

Portland Teacher Contract Talks Break Off

Written by Rosemary Reynolds on January 7, 2014

PORTLAND — After more than 21 hours at the bargaining table, talks between the Portland Public School District and the teachers association ended without a deal on new contract.

Several issues still remain on the table including healthcare, class size, and work load.

“We put in a lot of hard work, but we weren’t able to get there yet.  From the beginning of this contract bargain and every day in school buildings across the city, Portland teachers have been fighting for the schools our students deserve.  We don’t give up,” said Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers.

The two sides are taking some time to rest and will get back together late this week while the school board meets with the district tonight.

PPS Chief Human Resources Officer Sean Murray said: “We are disappointed that the talks concluded without an agreement as we felt we were close to a deal that would have benefited students and teachers.  We made significant changes in our positions to respond to the association’s key concerns.”

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