(WICHITA, Kan.) — For four years, teachers in the Wichita School District have gone without pay raises. In contract negotiations Wednesday, that continued to be a point of contention.
This is the seventh time both sides have met this year in an effort to negotiate a new contract. They are divided on many issues.
“All we get are proposals to increase workload, and you're not engaging us in any conversations regarding how we can make thing better,” said Greg Jones of the Kansas National Education Association.
There are several issues being discussed, including teacher salary, dress code and workload. Both sides made headway into how to evaluate teacher's work, but the main issue remains pay raises. The union has asked for a three percent salary increase, step increases and back pay.