Soldotna, September 13, 2019—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) received notification tonight that, “the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association intend to commence a work stoppage on September 17, 2019 at 6:30 a.m.” A work stoppage will trigger an Emergency Schools Closure of every KPBSD school.*
The District was caught by surprise with the 72-hour strike notice Friday evening because this afternoon the Associations’ spokesperson and District spokesperson were communicating with the fact that the District was preparing a counter-offer that would meet the cost concerns of salary and health care. The counter-offer would have potentially resulted in a Tentative Agreement.
On Saturday, the District will begin daily communications with families and staff about what to expect and how to prepare for the emergency schools closure that is slated to begin on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. The emergency schools closure will continue until a Tentative Agreement is reached between the Associations and District.
- *What will happen if there is a strike?
- Collective bargaining webpage with proposals, meeting times, and handouts