Touchet school negotiations remain on hold

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TOUCHET -- Negotiations between the Touchet Education Association and Touchet School District will resume when the parties find mutually acceptable days for mediation to take place, according to a press release from the Washington Education Association Southeast.

Mediation halted Sept. 3 when representatives of TEA and the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission determined they could no longer work with one another.

The TEA has asked PERC to assign a new mediator to the bargaining process. A mediator's job in contract negotiations is to remain neutral and work with the two parties to aid them in reaching an agreement, according to a press release from WEA Southeast.

The teachers have a contract, but agreement has not been reached on issues related to professional development, insurance and loss of contracted work days.

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