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Contract between EVSC, Teamsters still up in the air

Published: Aug. 13, 2015 at 11:39 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2015 at 11:39 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The contract between the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and Teamsters Local 215 expired in June.

The EVSC says the union hasn't addressed two of their main concerns.

One is the contract requirement that the EVSC deduct money from employee paychecks for Teamster 215 dues. The second, the school board says, concerns its authority to make final employment and financial decisions for the EVSC.

Superintendent David Smith says the board wants to represent all employees and for them to have a choice whether they want to join the union.

"We want to honor the wishes of 100% of our employees," said Smith. "We have never said you can't be a Teamster. We have simply said our employees are telling us they want a choice and we're going to honor that."

President of Teamsters Local 215 Chuck Whobrey says the EVSC never had any intention of reaching an agreement with the union.

"We have made a proposal that all new hires would have a choice as to whether or not to join the union," said Whobrey. "We have also made the proposal that all existing employees would have a 10 day window to choose whether or not they would wish to remain a member or not. That is giving people a choice. To represent we are not giving them a choice is simply not the truth."

The school board's negotiation team and Teamsters Local 215 leadership is set to meet Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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