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Hudson teachers agree to concessions

By John Published: October 26, 2010

Hudson teachers had a contract until next September, but agreed to concessions Monday  in hopes of persuading voters to approve an operating levy on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The union membership voted yesterday afternoon to approve the deal and the school board followed suit last night.

Updated info: It's a one-year contract beginning next September that includes no raise in base pay and a modification in the current contract that  increases the teachers' contribution toward health care to 10 percent beginning in January. The increased contributions are expected to save the district $371,000 annually. 

Singles now pay $250 toward the annual premium. In January, they'll pay $746.40 a year. Families currently pay $500 annually. Next year, they'll pay $1,636.56.

Although the contract freezes base pay, teachers will continue to get the raises that come with years of service and the attainment of advanced degrees. The state mandates that all districts have a salary step schedule with a minimum of 12 steps that compensate teachers for years of experience and advanced degrees.

"We heard loud and clear from the community that concessions were needed," said Hudson superintendent Steve Farnsworth. "By starting the negotiating process early, and resolving it tonight, we are excited that our teachers stepped up six months early to begin bargaining."

"The Board asked for concessions and the teachers have given them," said David Spohn, president of the Hudson Education Association.  "At this point in time, the levy is about students and programming. I hope our community unites to support something that is truly good about Hudson; our top quality schools."

More details are expected at the district's Web site,  www.hudson.edu

Hudson hopes to pass a 5.9  levy that would raise about $5.6 million a year for daily operations and cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $181 per year if voters approve.

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