ORANGE — Efforts to end a 7-day-old strike by non-teaching employees in the Orange Unified School District intensified Tuesday as district and union officials discussed proposals to save the district money on health insurance costs.
Although the two sides haven't met formally since hundreds of classified employees walked off the job, district and union officials said they have talked to each other dozens of times over the past two days.
"We are talking every day by phone," said Jack Elsner, head of the district's personnel department. "But I hope one of these days we can sit down together and resolve this."
Union representatives have offered district officials a proposal to switch health insurance companies, a move that could reduce the district's annual health costs from $4.8 million to $4.5 million. The figure includes health care costs for retirees.