Teachers to picket after talks stall 

San Mateo Union High School District teachers will take up picket signs and fliers Thursday in front of schools and the district office after reaching an impasse in contract negotiations.

A first attempt at formal mediation between the two parties failed on Jan. 19. Public Employees Relations Board general counsel Robin Wesley said that if the mediator ultimately determines the two groups are unable to agree, a formal hearing before a three-person fact-finding panel will take place.

At issue is a move by the district to require teachers to cover the rise in health benefit costs from last year, according to Teachers’ Association President Craig Childress.

The district said the benefit plan was agreed on by both parties in 2005, according to a letter released Tuesday. A statement from the district said there would be no comment on the picketing while the two parties were stalled in mediation.


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