Lawmaker Suggests Ending ND Teacher BargainingA Fargo lawmaker is suggesting that teacher contract bargaining rights be abolished, but the idea isn't likely to go anywhere.
By: Associated Press,
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo lawmaker is suggesting that teacher contract bargaining rights be abolished, but the idea isn't likely to go anywhere.
Rep. Bette Grande is chairwoman of a legislative committee that's working out the final details of a teacher pension bill.
House and Senate negotiators are stalled on the issue of raising teacher pension contributions.
Grande wants to prevent school boards from paying a teacher's increased pension contribution instead of giving the teacher a pay raise. Senate negotiators won't agree to the idea.
At a meeting Monday, Grande announced she had drafted changes to the pension bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for teachers. She said that would allow school boards to issue contracts without bargaining.
Grande didn't introduce the amendments. Senate negotiators say they won't support them.