The Clark County Education Association has called on Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo should intervene to end the bitter contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the school district.
Lombardo said to the Las Vegas Sun, “I believe collective bargaining should be done at the local level. I am eager to resolve this conflict as best serves Clark County’s children.”
The newspaper reported on Saturday that the union, which represents approximately 18,000 licensed workers, held a meeting of all members to discuss “work action” but did not vote to strike.
Since late March, negotiations have been ongoing between the school district and union on topics including pay, benefits and conditions of employment.
According to The Sun, the two sides have been in a negotiation session since August 18.
Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, is the largest county in Nevada.
The county association for education wants a new contract that includes a pay increase of 18% over the next two years.
The report also calls for additional compensation for teachers who work in schools with high vacancies, usually low-income, as well as an increase in pay for teachers who work extended hours on certain campuses.
The district offered 10,5% increases across the board in two years. It also provided additional pay to certain special education teachers, and teachers who held “hard-to fill” positions. The district also proposes a new pay scale which, according to them, would emphasize college education and experience more than current scale.
According to the teachers’ union, the number of vacancies is at a “crisis level”, with “close to 2 000 vacancies and close to 35 000 students without a classroom teacher.”