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Ketchikan union, school district agree to mediation meetings

September 29, 2018

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Mediation meetings between the Ketchikan Education Association and the school district have been scheduled after months of contentious contract negotiations.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports School Board President Kim Hodne said Thursday that the district and union have jointly agreed to mediation on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.

The Daily News spoke with Ketchikan Education Association Vice President Sarah Campbell who confirms that mediation had been scheduled, but says that it could always be canceled based on the outcome of the next regularly planned negotiation meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Campbell says the last time the two sides met, the Ketchikan Education Association was under the impression that salaries and insurance were going to be discussed, but “that didn’t really happen.”

She says that she hopes those topics will be addressed at Wednesday’s meeting.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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