Capac talks continue

CAPAC, Mich. – Contract negotiations continue in Capac Community Schools, though neither the district nor its teachers is saying much about their respective proposals, according to the Port Huron Times Herald.

District Superintendent Jerry Jennex told the Times Herald that “challenging economic times” are one reason the sides have not reached agreement. The previous contract expired in August 2008.

Coleen Burke, teacher union president, told the Times Herald that the school board has not changed its offer since last fall. She and Jennex declined to discuss details of any teacher counteroffer, saying discussions are ongoing, according to the Times Herald.

In related news, the union has filed unfair labor practice charges against the district over the school board’s decision to implement a school calendar and insurance plan without union agreement, the Times Herald reported.

The next negotiation session is scheduled for May 18, but the Times Herald reported that “Burke said that the only option teachers have right now is to keep meeting with the district and to hope for new blood on the school board after the May 5 elections.”

The Capac Bus Drivers' Association and Capac Support Service Association also have yet to negotiate their respective contracts with the district, according to the Times Herald.

The Port Huron Times Herald, “Contract talks stalled in Capac,” April 20, 2009

Michigan Education Report, Michigan School District Collective Bargaining Agreements, “Capac Community School District, Professional Master Contract,”

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “A Collective Bargaining Primer,” Feb. 28, 2007