PUEBLO, Colo. - Teachers in Pueblo have taken the next step towards breaking a contract impasse with District 60.
A third party fact finder has been hired to determine if a cost of living raise and extra health care contributions are feasible for the district.
Negotiations have been stagnant since January.
Teachers and paraprofessionals haven't had contracts since October.
The president of the teacher's union says a strike is still an option, though it's one they would like to avoid.
"It is about respect. It's about having our voices out there. We are there to advocate for our students, and that's why anything like a concerted job action would be last resort because we do know the students are the most important," said Suzanne Etheridge with the Pueblo Education Association.
District 60 sent us the following statement:
Because of a challenging budget year, they are approaching negotiations cautiously while trying to avoid more budget cuts.