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St. Louis Public Schools, Teachers Reach Three Year Agreement

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AFL CIO Local Pres. Mary Armstrong/Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams

AFL CIO Local Pres. Mary Armstrong/Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams

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ST. LOUIS  (KMOX) – The Special Administrative Board of the St. Louis Public School District voted Tuesday night to approve a three-year agreement with AFT St. Louis, Local 420, AFL-CIO.  The
contract is effective immediately and covers the period of July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2014.

The new Policy Statement provides a two percent pay increase for District employees for the 2011/12 school year.  This is the first pay raise for District employees since the 2008/09 school year.  The Policy Statement allows for opportunities to negotiate additional salary increases for the 2012/13 and 2013/14 school years.

“This agreement is a reality thanks to the partnership between the District and Local 420.  In recent years, we’ve made progress towards reaching accreditation through improved academic achievement while also balancing the budget and strengthening the District’s financial position,” said Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams.  “This has been accomplished thanks to the sacrifices made by all staff and done to improve the quality of education provided to our young people.”

In addition to the salary increase, the new Policy Statement provides the continuation of current health benefits and does not include furlough days.  District employees have taken seven total unpaid furlough days over the past two school years.

AFT St. Louis, Local 420, AFL-CIO President Mary J. Armstrong said, “In my opinion this contract represents a financially sound and prudent approach. Our vote confirms that our efforts are the shared priorities of our members.”  Armstrong stated that 92% of the certificated staff and 100% of the paraprofessional and secretary/clerical chapters voted in favor of the agreement.

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