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S.B. union: Teacher deal premature

April 01, 2010

SOUTH BEND — A local media outlet reports this morning that the South Bend teachers union has agreed to take no pay raises for the past year and through 2011, but union officials say that’s way too premature. Contrary to other reports, no vote was taken Wednesday, said Heidi Miller, local UniServ director for the Indiana State Teachers Association. Rather, union leaders held their final bargaining session Wednesday with the South Bend Community School Corp. "Tentative is the key word here," Miller said Thursday morning. All of this comes at a time when the school corporation is making $8.2 million in budget cuts. Teachers are among the variety of positions that would be cut unless other ways to save money are found. On Wednesday, union and school officials came to an agreement on the teachers’ contract for the coming year, Miller said. That draft will go to the union’s membership — about 1,300 teachers — at their meeting April 15, she said. Now she’s worried that the contract is at risk of not being ratified because of the way this bit of information got out. This upsets teachers, said Miller, who’s frustrated because the union hasn’t released the contract details to its members yet. Asked whether the union did agree to no raises, Miller wouldn’t comment on this draft of the contract without giving the full details. Besides, she said, the document is confidential.

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