The Broward Teachers Union announced today that Superintendent Jim Notter has agreed to the BTU’s request to enter into mediation to try to resolve the nearly one-year contract negotiations dispute between the School Board of Broward County and its 16,000 teachers.
The two sides agreed today to name Tom Young, Esq. of Tallahassee as the neutral third party mediator to bring the two sides back together. The parties likely will meet for the first time with Young within two weeks, but a specific time, date and location has not been determined.
BTU President Pat Santeramo said the union asked for mediation after Notter declared an impasse in the stalled contract talks on April 8. In an effort to expedite the process, the union formally asked district officials on April 12 for mediation, saying the impasse process is very complicated and time-consuming.
“The mediation process remains our best chance of moving forward,” Santeramo said. “We remain convinced that the district could prevent many of its deep cuts that are hitting our classrooms by cutting its million-dollar wasteful spending spree.”
The BTU has launched an unprecedented community outreach campaign, “Smart Solutions 4 Broward Kids,” which urges the district to choose smart solutions, not make poor choices.
As part of its ongoing community outreach campaign, the BTU will host a Smart Solutions Street Protest at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the intersection of University Drive and Commercial Boulevard in Plantation. Nearly 1,000 school employees, parents and students have pledged via e-mail to attend the event.
To learn more about the BTU’s community outreach campaign, please log on to www.SmartSolutions4BrowardKids today.