Moorhead teachers working without contracts pack the school board meeting prior to negotiations

Moorhead — It's one final push for a new deal.

Teachers in Moorhead have been working without a contract all year, but Monday night, teachers had their voices heard one last time before the big day at the bargaining table.

The house was so packed at the district office that people were sitting on the floor, while others were forced to peek through the doorway. Most were wearing blue teacher union t-shirts, a message of unification among the 560 teachers in the district.

The union and school board have been trying to workout a new two-year deal. The original contract expired back in June.

After 10 meetings, the union asked for a mediator to get involved, something that hasn't happened in Moorhead in more than a decade.


There are three main sticking points — the big one being health care — as teachers say the district has not chipped in any additional money in a decade.

The two other issues include better compensation for early childhood educators and more time to work on paperwork for special education employees.

Both sides say they are feeling positive going into Wednesday's mediation session.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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