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WJUSD and Woodland Education Association Unable To Reach Agreement, Impasse Declared

The Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) and the Woodland Education Association (WEA) reached an impasse in contract negotiations on Thursday, April 6.

WJUSD and WEA “sunshined” bargaining proposals in February of 2016, but have been unable to agree on specific contract language and compensation proposals. Moving forward, WJUSD and WEA will work with a mediator appointed by the Public Employment Relations Board to assist in the negotiations process.

The District is offering a comprehensive package that includes salary and benefit increases, stipends for Dual Immersion and Agriculture teachers, increases in the extra duty rate to $45 per hour, as well as some minor contract language adjustments. 

“We know how hard our teachers and certificated support staff work and wish we could afford much higher salaries, but at this time, we’ve proposed what we can afford while ensuring our District remains financially stable and does not deficit spend,” said Tom Pritchard, WJUSD Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources. “Moving forward, we hope a mediator can guide us toward an agreement that provides our teachers a salary increase while maintaining our current student programs and services.” 

During the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, WJUSD was able to provide a combined 11.5 percent increase in salaries and benefits for certificated (teachers) and classified staff.