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Unions refuse contract talks

March 21, 2011
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JANESVILLE, WI — A request to reopen contract negotiations by the Janesville School District (JSD) has been denied, according to WISC-TV.

The district, facing a $13 million budget deficit, requested that three of its unions contribute more to their respective pension plans, the article noted.

The unions have refused, saying that reopening their contracts was "a risk their lawyers advised them not to take," the article stated.

"There is a particular part of the bill that says any contract that''s extended or modified or has a side bar agreement is considered open," said Janesville Education Association (JEA) President Dave Parr.

"Although it doesn''t go into effect until after the law is signed, there is a question why that agreement is in there. So, we were fearful that once we open that would expose us to this part of the bill, which would nullify our contracts," Parr added.

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