LAS VEGAS – A Clark County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Thursday evening faced a major disruption due to a gathering of teachers protesting their ongoing contract negotiations. The meeting was eventually adjourned prematurely due to the unrest caused by the protestors.
The protest gained momentum as teachers chanted the slogan “no contract, no peace” at a volume that made it impossible for the meeting proceedings to continue. In response, the board ordered a recess, temporarily halting the meeting to clear out the room and restore order. After a hiatus of about 23 minutes, the board resumed the meeting.
This protest comes in the wake of CCSD releasing the results of a teacher pay proposal, which fell significantly short of the demands put forward by the Clark County Education Association (CCEA), the largest teacher union in Nevada.
A unanimous motion to adjourn the meeting was passed at 6:28 p.m., with plans for CCSD and CCEA to reconvene negotiations in the upcoming week.
CCSD later issued a statement addressing the protest initiated by CCEA. The statement acknowledged the right to peaceful expression but emphasized that such protests should not disrupt the normal operations of public agencies or obstruct public services through work actions.
The statement also accused CCEA leadership of attempting to impose financially unsustainable proposals that could push the District into a deficit. CCSD reiterated their commitment to securing fair raises and equitable salary structures for educators. The District asserted that negotiations are the appropriate platform for addressing these concerns and cautioned against disrupting public proceedings.
CCSD extended an invitation for CCEA to engage in constructive negotiations at the bargaining table, highlighting that meaningful progress can only be achieved through a collaborative approach.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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