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JSD holds closed session on collective bargaining

Posted: June 6, 2012 - 12:02am

The Juneau School Board discussed collective bargaining behind closed doors at its regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday.

The District and Juneau Education Support Staff employee association started collective bargaining negotiations in January. The association is a local affiliate of the Alaska Public Employee Association and American Federation of Teachers (ak.aft.org/JESS).

The organizations reached a tentative agreement in March (goo.gl/uH0HS). Negotiations since reached an impasse. The current three-year agreement between JSD and the Education association expires on June 30.

The board discussed collective bargaining in executive session at the end of the public meeting.

The board agreed that public knowledge of its discussion of collective bargaining would have “an adverse affect on the finances of the District.”

The District also approved without objection new policy regarding use and possession of tobacco in JSD vehicles and facilities at its Tuesday meeting.

Glen Gelbrich, JSD superintendent, said the new policy would not be onerous to parents who smoke.

“There is a degree of common sense,” Gelbrich said. “People have more to do than worry about somebody that has a pack a cigarette in the truck of their car.”

Nothing in it would make the district “overly zealous” in enforcement, Gelbrich said.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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