Health care bargaining for educators again headed to arbitration

Category: Education

A statewide contract for school employee health care will likely be settled in arbitration — again.

Representatives from teachers unions and the Vermont School Boards Association have been bargaining since the spring to no avail. The parties have already gone through mediation and fact-finding, and walked away from nine hours of talks on Wednesday without a deal in hand.

The Vermont-NEA, the state’s largest teachers union, has since fired off a statement, accusing the school boards of signaling they had “no intention” of reaching a negotiated settlement. That means an arbitrator will inevitably have the final say, the union said.

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