O-G teachers hopeful for contract


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



OTTAWA — The Ottawa Glandorf Classroom Teachers’ Association and Ottawa Glandorf schools have been in negotiation since June 22, 2018, without reaching an agreement on a new contract for teachers at O-G High School and Ottawa and Glandorf elementary schools.

A meeting has been set Oct. 17 with the school board and a federal mediator to discuss bargaining.

Ottawa-Glandorf teachers are hopeful for a settlement, according to Nicole Morman, OGCTA spokeswoman.

She said teachers have been asked to take on responsibilities as staff cuts continue.

“The teachers who work for Ottawa-Glandorf are dedicated and put many hours into planning and educating the students of this school system,” Morman said. “We have not received a raise since the contract expired, and we have been disrespected by the administration. We cannot put our students first if teachers are last,” Morman said.

She said as trusted professionals, the teachers deeply believe in the community and its children.

“We are determined to ensure that our children are getting the resources, mentoring and support they deserve,” Morman said.

She said negotiations happen in executive session whereby neither side is allowed to reveal the specific issues discussed to the public. The association filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the district for negotiating in public, or not in good faith. The State Employment Relations Board has recently ruled probable cause on the charge to warrant a hearing on the matter.

Morman said OGCTA cannot and will not comment on specific proposals. Rather, it will honor its obligation to the rules pertaining to executive session.

“The OGCTA remains willing and available to continue bargaining so that we can move our district forward,” Morman said.

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By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

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