Milwaukee Schools; leaders of teachers union agree to new deal
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Public Schools district has reached tentative agreement with leaders of the teachers union on a new contract that could save the district as much as $50 million.
The agreement was announced Friday. The 5,600 members of the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association will vote on it this month.
The deal applies a retroactive pay freeze to last year, when the teachers were working without a contract. The new contract also offers teachers raises of 3 percent this academic year, 2.5 percent next year and 3 percent in the 2012-'13 school year.
The estimated savings would come from changes in the teachers' health care plan that would require members to contribute to premiums.
If the union ratifies the contract, the school board will vote on it Oct. 26.