School Board, Union Agree to New Contract

After 50 minutes of closed session debate, the Wausau School Board ratified a new contract with teachers by a unanimous voice vote.

The vote, and approval earlier in the day by the Wausau teacher's union, ends a 17-month labor dispute that left teachers working to contract and administrators adding the Superintendent and School Board president to the negotiating team.

The president of the teacher's union said teachers voted to accept the offer "by a large majority."

The offer will give teachers a 4.77 percent average raise over the life of the contract. In exchange, teachers will have to contribute more to their insurance.

The agreement comes only four weeks after the union rejected a proposal by a 704 to nothing vote.

Since then, the school board allowed their president and the superintendent to join their negotiators at the table.

Now that the contract is ratified and signed, teachers can put away their no contract buttons and stop their work slowdown. But the victory may be short lived, as this contract will expire next June.

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