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St. Paul teachers’ union settles for district’s proposed wage increases

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators has stated the union "settled" for the district's wage increase proposal of 1.5 percent this year and 2 percent next year, which will still give most St. Paul teachers at least an eight percent increase over the two-year life of the collective bargaining agreement....

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St. Paul teachers strike ends with ‘tentative’ agreement

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators and its members have ended a three-day strike that kept 36,000 students out of the classroom. A tentative agreement on the new two-year collective bargaining contract between the teachers’ union and the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) district was reached around 3:30 a.m. this morning, but specific contract details are not yet available. ...

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Before a school strike, let’s be clear about some numbers

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators has scheduled a strike for Tuesday over the lack of progress at the bargaining table between the teachers’ union and the Saint Paul Public Schools district (SPPS). Included in the union’s 31 contract proposals is a demand for teacher salary increases over the two-year life of the collective bargaining agreement — a 3.4 percent increase retroactive to July 1, 2019, and a 2 percent increase that would take effect July 1, 2020. On the surface, these salary increases may seem reasonable, but a deeper dive into the numbers provides more clarity around the union’s...

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Teachers’ union opposition to increased transparency proposal falls flat

I recently posted on the Department of Labor’s proposed federal regulation that would improve the financial transparency and democratic procedures of unions. The Center, along with many other organizations across the country, submitted thoughtful comments in support of the proposed rule, while the National Education Association encouraged its union members to comment in opposition. Those submissions, though, were a bit embarrassing. ...

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Teachers’ union proposed salary increases are misleading

Last Thursday, the St. Paul teachers’ union held a vote to authorize a strike. The strike would be in response to stalled negotiations with the district over a new two-year contract, which the union wants to include a 3.4 percent salary increase for the first year and a 2 percent salary increase for the second year. Doesn't seem that unreasonable, right? ...

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