Arbitrator Recommends Another Vote On Teachers Contract

An arbitrator is recommending another vote on a teachers contract for the Thompson School District after the Thompson Education Association filed grievances against the district.

The teachers union says the district did not negotiate in good faith for a contract and the Board of Education refused to ratify a contract after district negotiations had completed.

Teacher representatives had asked the arbitrator to recommend the board be required to approve the contract, but representatives from the district say the arbitrator did not have the authority to issue the order.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the arbitrator says it would be inappropriate for the board to ratify the contract because he considered the procedures inappropriate and recommended they try again.