WASILLA, Alaska — Labor contract negotiations for Mat-Su School District employees are still in limbo.
More than 1,900 teachers and support staff are refusing to work beyond school hours in hopes of pushing the district to settle on contract negotiations.
In schools throughout the Mat-Su Borough, some teachers put in more time than just their required 7 1/2 hours.
"They grade papers, they help tutor kids. It's on their own time and on their own dime," Jill Showman, the president of the Mat-Su Education Association, said.
Starting Monday, the 1,900 teachers and support staff will only "work to contract."
That means they will do only the work required under their contract and will only be available during the hours specified in their contract.
"The previous messages that we've been sending haven't been heard. They've been falling on deaf ears," Showman said.
Showman says this is the employees' way of sending a message to the district that they are frustrated with the lack of progress in labor contract negotiations.