Kodiak Daily Mirror - Teachers union files complaint against Kodiak school district
Teachers union files complaint against Kodiak school district
by Daily Mirror Staff / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Dec 02, 2011 | 588 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The Kodiak Island Borough School District meets in a special work session at noon today to consider a grievance filed by the Kodiak Borough Education Association, the labor group representing island teachers.

The complaint states that the school district has failed to adequately address a previous complaint that the district “engaged in an arbitrary and capricious reassignment/transfer of teaching staff within the Kodiak city schools.”

The complaint does not identify the individual whose transfer prompted the grievance.

In an August letter to the KBEA, schools superintendent Stewart McDonald wrote that the complaint was not properly submitted, as anonymous complaints are not permitted.

KBEA responded that the school district does not have the authority to declare whether a complaint is proper or not. The school district has consulted with attorney John Sedor and on Nov. 2, KBEA filed an official petition with the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, asking it to resolve the situation.

Shortly after the petition was filed, the KBEA organized a public protest outside the borough building but declined to make the details of their complaint public. At the time, KBEA members said revealing the details would work against them.

The complaint comes as the school district takes up the task of renegotiating teacher contracts.

The district’s current contract with KBEA expires on June 30, and negotiations could be contentious. Teachers are expected to argue for raises to keep pace with their counterparts across the state, while the district is expected to focus on the borough’s tightening budget.

Contact the Mirror at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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