Gregoire held a 10 p.m. news conference praising the tentative agreement between the school district and striking teachers as “pretty impressive.” She said it could serve as a model for school districts across the state.
Negotiations were called off Tuesday night and weren’t expected to resume today, but Gregoire says she has “directed” them back to the bargaining table this morning starting at 10 a.m. Both sides agreed after talking to her on the phone.
Gregoire says in a statement:
If no deal is reached by 3 p.m. this afternoon, both the district and the union will report to my office and stay until their differences are reconciled and
Gov. Chris Gregoire talked to both sides of Tacoma teacher contract negotiations today.
The governor is trying to nudge a deal along. She has passed ideas between the school district and teachers’ union and provided some of her own, said spokesman Cory Curtis:
She said to all of them that her primary focus is, she wants kids in the classroom on Monday morning, and this is an issue that needs to be resolved at the bargaining table, not in the courts. They need to sit down and work it out.