Teachers ratify contract

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Marshall County Education Association members voted by a huge majority Monday to ratify the contract their team negotiated with the school board last year. Now only approval from the full school board at their meeting Thursday night stands between the county's teachers and their first-ever negotiated work contract.

Eighty-eight percent of MCEA members cast their vote in ballot boxes at the schools on Monday, and the results were announced that evening.

"MCEA members voted overwhelmingly to ratify the contract, 184-2," wrote MCEA president Colin Beatty in an e-mail to the Tribune.

Members of the Marshall County Education Association got their first look last week at the contract their team spent two months negotiating with board of education representatives.

The teachers are getting a 2.1 percent increase on their total pay, retroactive to the start of the school year. Taken with the increase they got a year ago, co-lead negotiator Louis Scheuchenzuber points out that the total raise is about 4.1 percent. They're also getting a one-time payment of $150 in March.

Look for more of this story later today at marshalltribune.com.