Teacher labor negotiations still ongoing in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A decision on teachers' pay in Jackson County has still not been made.

Members of the Jackson County Education Association met with school board representatives Wednesday for labor negotiations.

JCEA had originally asked for a two percent cost of living increase and for the school board to pay half of the 4.4 percent increase in health insurance premiums.

The school board offered the union a one percent cost of living increase and wants teachers to pay the full insurance premium increase.

The union countered with two percent cost of living increase-- also asking the board to pay for half of the insurance premium increase.

"People are getting impatient," JCEA President Dave Galloway said. "They want this to come to a resolution and I think I'm speaking for both teachers and administration."

The school board will hold an executive session to discuss JCEA's latest proposal. The date for that closed meeting has not been announced.