Anchorage School District, union return to contract talks

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Anchorage School District and the union representing its educators are planning to continue negotiations for a contract agreement.

Two days of negotiations with the help of federal mediators are scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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The district and the Anchorage Education Association, which represents about 3,300 members, have been trying to reach a contract agreement since April.

They agreed to bring in mediators after negotiations stalled in September.

The union's contract expired in June, though its members continue to work under the same terms.

If a contract agreement isn't reached this week, the groups can either go back to bargaining or go to advisory arbitration.

Under arbitration, a third-party decides what the contract should look like after both sides present their best offer.

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