Janesville teachers union requests contract talks
JANESVILLE--Janesville public school teachers voted Monday night to seek contract negotiations with the school board.
This board rejected a similar request Oct. 9, but union President Dave Parr said he has received encouragement from some board members to give it another try.
A letter from the union was to be delivered to board members this morning.
Parr said the union is willing to help the district achieve savings he believes will be at least $10 million.
The annual savings would come in employee contributions to their pension payments, health insurance and a change in the early-retirement plan.
The board could impose those same savings after the current contract runs out June 30, 2013, Parr acknowledged.
The state law known as Act 10, if it is upheld in the courts, would kick in next summer, taking away the union’s ability to negotiate for anything except wages. The board would be free to impose all manner of changes in benefits and work rules.
But negotiating those items in a contract would help the district attract and retain good teachers, Parr said.
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