The sides negotiated past midnight Wednesday morning but were unable to come away with a new contract in Mendota.
Elementary teachers in the city began a strike Wednesday morning meaning hundreds of children stayed home and not in a classroom. Mendota Elementary School Board President Sean Pappas says several offers were exchanged Tuesday night between the two sides with the length of a new contract even being changed from three years to one. Pappas however says teachers rejected anything but a three-year contract.
The board according to Pappas is offering to keep a “generous” family insurance benefit while also giving salary increases, agreeing to contribute more to the teacher’s retirement system along with offering more sick days. He says the board will continue to make itself available for negotiations with the union.