Lindbergh School Teachers Vote to ‘Work to Contract’

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After negotiations between teachers and board officials in the Lindbergh School District about teacher contracts, there are still teachers who aren’t happy with the deal.

Gretchen Moser, vice president of the Lindbergh National Education Association (LNEA), says the sticking points remain the same. “We’re not happy with many things in the district: a salary schedule that has fallen way behind our competitors, a lack of voice in decision making and so forth,” she says.

Many teachers are leaving the district because their pay is thousands of dollars lower compared to neighboring districts. Moser says “Good teacher are leaving the district and we want to keep that from happening.”

For now, teachers will “work to contract” until contracts are resolved. This means teachers will not volunteer for activities such as free tutoring.

Moser says both union and non-union educators will show solidarity as they walk in a group together today, the first day of school in the district, under the banner of “Flyers Unite.”

The school board held a special workshop with LNEA representatives earlier this month and another is set for September 7, which Moser calls a small sign of progress.

State law prohibits teachers from going on strike.

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