LIMA — A federal mediator has been brought in to help move negotiations forward between the Marimor Education Association and the Allen County Board of DD.
Talks broke down recently after the MEA declared an impasse.
The MEA represents six teachers and one school nurse at Marimor.
Their current collective bargaining agreement expired June 30.
“There are some issues that we couldn’t come to an agreement on,” said Liz Young, MEA co-president.
One of those issues concerns subcontracting.
“The MEA does not feel that subcontracting out particular positions is in the best interest of our students. We proudly serve a diverse student population with various needs. Our students are best served by our specialists who have been trained and are highly educated to provide the best environment for our students,” she said. “We want to come to an agreement, and I’m pretty confident we’ll do that. We always bargain with our students in mind, and our conditions are their conditions, too. We always put our students first. We want to make it the best place that it can be for the students.”
Federal mediator Kevin Moyer is tentatively scheduled to sit down with both sides on July 26 in hopes of getting both sides back to the bargaining table.
The Allen County Board of DD did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
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