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Wausau teachers take major concessions for 2-year contract


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Wausau teachers have made a number of major concessions to the school district in order to keep their contracts through 2013.

Under an open session today the school board voted to approve a new contract with the teachers. School board president Michelle Schaefer says salaries for teachers will be frozen for both years of the 2 year contract,and will remain under the 1.8 percent increase allowed under the budget repair bill. In addition, there will be no extra payment for teachers for their work on co curricular activities in the district.

In addition, any contract arbitration will be with the school board only and not through a third party. Teachers in the district will also be making the full employee contributions to their retirement benefits, and the district will get to chose what insurance carrier the teachers will be working under.

Final numbers on total cost savings to the district are not known at this time, but Schaefer says the move will prevent employee layoffs through 2013. The contract will go into effect July 1st.