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Little Rock teachers union, district leaders discuss raises

Mediators spent Friday hammering out negotiations between the Little Rock School District and the employee union, the Little Rock Education Association.
Little Reck Education Association pushes for teacher raises.
Little Reck Education Association pushes for teacher raises.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Mediators spent Friday hammering out negotiations between the Little Rock School District and the employee union, the Little Rock Education Association.

The school district's 3800 employees, ranging from custodians to classroom teachers, demand the district to cough up more money into their paychecks, a demand that spans the length of a school year.

"We have been doing this for 9 months. It's like delivering a baby and the baby has not arrived yet," said Debbie Desjardin, a negotiator for LREA.

Desjardin would not say how close the two parties are to striking a deal, only saying that her side is in it for the long haul.

LRSD leaders say they want an agreement too.

"The district is hopeful and optimistic that a tentative agreement will be reached by both sides soon,” said Pam Smith, the district’s spokesperson.
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