Contact: Nancy Cohen, Director, Child Development Services 310-399-5866 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2001

SMMUSD Child Development and SMMCTA

Declare Impasse in Contract Negotiations

Negotiations for the pre-school and school-age childcare program workers in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have reached a stalemate, according to Dr. Joe Quarles, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. The District and the Santa Monica Malibu unit of the California Teachers Association both agreed to file for impasse proceedings with the state Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) as required in school negotiations law.

Once impasse is certified, PERB will appoint a neutral mediator to moderate further sessions between negotiators from Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teachers Association (SMMCTA), which represents about 70 specially permitted employees, and the District. At issue is an anticipated significant budget deficit in the program, which has been struggling financially for the past five years. The existing contract with SMMCTA, which also covers child care staff, expires July 1, 2001.

School officials note that pre-school and childcare programs operate with funding independent of the SMMUSD general fund budget; however SMMCTA represents employees in both K-12 schools and pre school/childcare services. The recent settlement affecting full-time certificated staff in the K-12 program provided teachers with a 12% increase, an amount that would "render the pre- school and child care budget totally insolvent within the year," according to Nancy Cohen, Director, Child Development Services.

Impasse proceedings could begin as early as next month depending upon the availability of a mediator.


Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

1651 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-450-8338 fax 310-581-1138