By Rachel KANE
An advisory report issued by an independent fact-finding panel that may have played a major role in employee labor negotiations between the Glendale Unified School District and the Glendale Teachers Assoc. this month is poised to be released to the public in little more than a week.
The report came after the district and teachers association could not come to an agreement on their own.
Teachers association and district officials reached a tentative agreement on Aug. 24, after a week of studying the advisory report, that provided concessions from the teachers union to the district on furlough days and health care benefits.
According to the tentative agreement, teachers agreed to two furlough days in the upcoming school year and a provision that would hold them liable for paying part of their health benefits.
Both the furlough days and the co-pay on health benefits could be rescinded in the event that the district receives unbudgeted federal or state funds, according to the agreement.
Before district and teachers association officials began their week long study session of the fact finding panel’s advisory report, negotiations had been long and not particularly friendly, with the teachers association filing an unfair labor practices charge against the district.
If the tentative agreement between the district and the teachers association is ratified and placed into effect on Sept. 9, the teachers association agrees to dismiss the charge, according to the tentative agreement.