The strike began
"All they're doing is playing politics as usual," said
Holland and union president
"They rejected our offer. No premium share. Not a penny," DeLuca said.
Holland said a premium share "does not reduce the cost" of health insurance, noting that co-pays and deductibles have more of an impact. Under the last agreement, teachers were not required to pay a premium share for health insurance and have an annual deductible of
The district's budget allocates nearly
The district is willing to add
Holland said the proposal to add
Under the expired agreement, a teacher advanced a step each year until reaching the top step, and salaries at the top step increased by
Cherinka said union members on the top step would not get a pay increase under the district offer. DeLuca said the district is willing to let the union figure out how to adjust the pay scale and allocate funds provided for pay increases.
The union represents teachers and other professionals, including guidance counselors and nurses. The average salary for union members is
The union received up-to-date financial information on district finances for the first time today, and union officials need to review that information before scheduling another negotiation session, Cherinka said.
Teachers can strike twice per school year, and the first strike must end so students will be able to have 180 school days by
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