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Yakima School District and Teachers Head for Mediation

Yakima, WA -  Two weeks into the school year and still no contract agreement between the Yakima School District and its teachers.

Now both sides are headed for mediation.

Too much responsibility...  Not enough time.  That's why teachers say they can't come to an agreement with the school district.

Teachers have been working without a contract since September 1st, and it will be that way for the foreseeable future.

The Yakima School District presented the Union with two "Take it or leave it" options, which it turned down this week.

This will be the second straight contract negotiation that's headed to mediation.

"We have a new curriculum, new training requirements of us and it just seems like we don't have enough hours in the day," says Adelia Garza, a 2nd grade teacher at McClure Elementary, "We still need to make ourselves available to the community and parents and within our contracted time, it seems like it gets taken with meetings and training and expectations."

The union hopes to begin the mediation process within the next couple weeks.

The school district told us it does not comment on contract negotiations.

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