PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (March 25, 2010)—Negotiation sessions in Calvert County to produce a new public schools teacher employment contract are now open to the public. In the past, these negotiations were held behind closed doors.
The first open teacher contract negotiation session is scheduled for Friday, March 26, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Board of Education building in Prince Frederick. Members of the public are free to attend and observe.
The current teacher contract will expire on June 30. The negotiation teams will discuss and try to reach agreement on the terms of the next contract, including salaries, benefits, and other working conditions.
The school system has dedicated a section on its website to provide information about the negotiation proceedings. As a regular feature of the negotiations update, the school system will provide each teams proposals and counterproposals. The teams exchanged initial proposals on February 23. These initial proposals are now posted on the website. Initial proposals are merely opening offers and do not represent final offers.
The negotiation teams will now work toward solving the difference between the initial proposals by presenting counter proposals. The goal is that the negotiation teams work collaboratively to come to agreement on a proposal that addresses the needs of the teachers and the school system.
Negotiations will proceed through the next few months as the teams find solutions to the differences in the proposals so that the interests of both groups are met.
More information is available on the school system website at http://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/departments/hr/contracts/cea/ceaopennegotiations.asp
Source: Calvert County Public School System