A state mediator has met four times with Gloversville teachers and a school board committee, but the two sides have yet to resolve the salary and benefit issues that could produce a new contract.
The two sides reached impasse in June, the same month the old three-year contract expired.
Patricia Donovan, president of the Gloversville Teachers Association, could not be reached for comment, but Superintendent Robert DeLilli said some progress has been made since the Public Employment Relations Board mediator took control.
DeLilli said the main issues remaining involve pay increases and benefits.
“We’re not hitting on all cylinders,” DeLilli said, explaining that the two sides have not agreed on those issues.
“Everything has to do with pay,” said Board President Peter Semione, citing the central issue holding up a new contract.
The board is represented at the talks by Vice President Betsy Simek and Jean LaPorta. Harry Wiggins, who recently stepped down when he moved out of state, was also on the committee. Semione said he is awaiting a report on the last meeting the two sides had with the mediator.
Officials said the GTA’s parent union, the New York State United Teachers, is proposing starting its own health insurance plan as a means of saving districts money and thus saving jobs. Gloversville eliminated about 30 teaching positions last spring as the board sought options to balance the budget for 2009-10.
One official said the two sides are coming closer on the salary issue, with the GTA, in its last offer, seeking raises of 2 percent on top of the automatic “step” raise, which averages about two percent.
Anthony Zumbolo, executive director of PERB, said it appears the two sides in Gloversville are actively engaged in discussions because neither side has requested a PERB fact finder.