Jackman teachers agree to wage freeze for 2010-11

Posted April 21, 2010, at 11:30 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12 p.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — The Jackman Teachers’ Association and SAD 12 directors have signed a new three-year collective bargaining agreement.

SAD 12 Superintendent Heather Perry said this week that association members agreed to a wage freeze for the 2010-11 contract year to help reduce the system’s overall costs.

“This is just another example from a pretty long list of how the community and schools in MSAD 12 work together to help one another,” Perry said Wednesday.

The wage freeze means that the teachers will work under the same salary rates as they did the previous year, Perry said. There will not be an increase in the base salary or any step increases, she said.

“Both the JTA and the school board felt strongly that this was one way that they could work together to help taxpayers in the communities of Jackman and Moose River reduce costs during these difficult times,” Perry said. Over the years, the two communities have supported their small school, she said.

The comprehensive agreement is for three years with the exception of salaries. The salary freeze was negotiated for just one year so the teachers’ association and directors will have to approve another salary agreement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 contract year.

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