Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teacher Contract Talks in Ridgewood Hit Wall

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Teacher Contract Talks in Ridgewood Hit Wall

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RIDGEWOOD -- The Board of Education and the Ridgewood Education Association remain locked in their inability to settle on a new teachers contract, despite recent efforts of a state-appointed fact finder.

Members of the REA, cloaked in red to show solidarity, crowded into a school board meeting Monday night for the second time this month to decry the lack of progress in negotiations.Although there are numerous points of contention, the sharpest disagreement has come over how much REA members must contribute to their health- insurance premiums.

REA President Michael Yannone, a 19-year veteran of Ridgewood High School, said Monday the board's position in a Feb. 3 fact- finding meeting was reduced to two points: The district had no additional money to spend on teacher salaries, and no other New Jersey school district had agreed to a reduction in healthcare contributions, because that would be "unaffordable. …

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