Portland School Negotiations Go 21 Hours; No Deal

By Jim McCoy Tue 7th January Newslabor talksPortland Schools
The two sides bargained for 21 hours but went home Tuesday morning without a contract to cover Portland public school teachers. The president of the Portland Association of Teachers, Gwen Sullivan, told The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1acAGgF) a deal was close, and the bargainers would be in touch later this week. Spokesman Robb Cowie said school district officials were also disappointed they couldn't reach a deal but they plan to send a formal proposal to the union soon. Although both sides have prepared for a walkout, neither has taken final steps that would lead to one. Teachers would have to gather their members for a vote before giving ten days' notice to the district. Among the disagreements are health insurance and a limit on workload.

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