Labor agency rejects unfair labor practices charge

Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency has rejected a charge of unfair labor practices filed last summer by unions against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The charge, made by unions representing teachers and support staff, accused the school district of stalling the contract negotiation process and talking out of turn to the media.

''We felt vindicated with this decision,'' said Gary Whiteley, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Teachers' union president Hans Bilben said he was disappointed.

''In our estimation, if this was an example of good faith bargaining, I wouldn't ever want to see bad faith,'' he said.

Teachers and district officials have been involved in talks to renew three-year contracts for about 10 months. The Peninsula's 1,200 teachers and support staff members have been working since September under the terms of their old contracts.

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