April 22, 2010

Teachers agree to wage freeze

JACKMAN -- The teachers at Forest Hills Consolidated School have agreed to have their wages frozen next year to save the district money.

The local teachers union, called the Jackman Teachers Association, and School Administrative District 12 board members finalized a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement last week, according to a release from Superintendent Heather Perry.

The agreement includes plans for teachers to take a complete freeze in pay for the 2010-11 school year "to assist the board in reducing overall costs," the release states.

In addition to the base level of teachers' salaries remaining the same, there will also be no step increases.

"For years, the communities of Moose River and Jackman have supported our small school. (The teachers union and school board) were adamant that since these communities have so strongly supported our small school in the past, that we needed to find a way to help them out during these difficult economic times," the release states.

The agreement is for three years, but the salary agreement is for one year. The union and board will have to approve another salary agreement at the conclusion of the 2010-11 contract year.

Erin Rhoda -- 474-9534


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