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Teachers Union Asks for 1% Raise

EUGENE, Ore. — The 4J teachers union is asking for a 1-percent raise from the district in its new contract.

The teachers union presented its first proposal Tuesday evening.

The union says as class sizes have grown and staff size has declined over the years, teachers are working harder and taking home less.

The union says it has a plan to cover half of the 1-percent raise itself by transferring money from its insurance reserves to a general fund. It would also use money from the reserves to cover an increase in insurance contributions.

The union also wants the board to adopt a school calendar of 191 contract days and a request for only six furlough days.

There was some tension at the bargaining table.

“I believe the fifth year in a row employees in all groups–administrators, teachers, classified–all have given up compensation to help keep services to kids and help the district balance its budget without having as deep of cuts to staff as otherwise we would have had,” said Kerry Delf, 4J Spokeswoman.

The current teachers contracts expire on June 30.

Both unions will meet next week.

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  1. ahshucks says:

    Get rid of the Unions and they would get an automatic raise.

    1. don jones says:

      typical .. when one person has its hand out, everyone wants some. Pretty underhanded that they meet during voting to ask for more money.

      I’d say no just for that reason alone.

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