Bend teachers union lowers cost-of-living demand; more talks Monday


(Story updated to correct numbers on school district offer.)

The Bend-La Pine School District and the Bend Education Association are expected to be back at the negotiating table Monday for an all-day session.

Both sides have been bargaining over a new contract for months. They plan to meet each Monday in hopes of reaching an agreement before Christmas.

Late this past Monday, the union lowered its demand for cost-of-living raises to 11% in the first year and 10% in the second year. As of Oct. 30, the district was offering 5.3% in year one and 4% in year two.

The union is also asking for an insurance cap increase, additional planning days and holiday pay and hiring additional teachers.

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