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School district negotiating with employee unions

From staff reports

Negotiations continue with eight unions in the Rochester school district whose contracts expired June 30, according to Tim Alexander, the district's human resources director.

There are more than 1,000 employees in the eight bargaining groups whose two-year contracts are up for renewal. The employees include clerical, food service and maintenance workers, paraprofessionals, principals and other administrative and support staff.

The groups that are in negotiations don't include teachers, who agreed to a new contract last fall that is effective until June 30.

Alexander said that it's not uncommon for employee groups to operate without a contract and that the situation here is similar to that in many districts statewide.

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"I think we have pretty good relationships with all of our bargaining units, and we are making pretty good progress with all the groups," Alexander said. "I anticipate within the next four to six weeks we would be able to start to wrap up negotiations with several of these groups."

Once tentative agreements are reached, they will be taken to the groups and the school board for approval.

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