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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pulaski teachers to walk out UPDATED

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM

A special meeting of the Pulaski County School Board began at 2 p.m. today Employee pay was on the agenda.

Update from Fox 16's David Goins: The Board approved a 2 percent across the board pay increase for employees. That's the amount included in a proposed contract settlement with employee unions that was delayed last night, thus setting off a dispute that led to the decertification vote. A delay of a vote on a negotiated deal angered union members and some School Board members responded in kind.

The pay increase is retroactive to July 1. The Board also increased its subsidy for employee health insurance by $30.39 a month, to $127.68, effective Jan. 1. The district announcement on the vote made no mention of recconsideration of union recognition or contract approval.

Pulaski teachers union members met later in the evening at the AEA building on responses. Strike talk was in the air.

UPDATE II: The Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers decided tonight , in time for evening news,to have a one-day walkout Thursday. PACT President Marty Nix said the teachers' contract was breached. She also objected that the board, which could have voted a pay raise yesterday, waited until today.

"We didn't do anything wrong to have our recognition pulled," Nix said.

She said the superintendent was given advance notice to minimize problems on holding classes without many certified teachers. Substitues will be used.

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