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April 1, 2008
Tiverton teachers signal dissatisfaction with latest offer
TIVERTON -- Some 140 out of 192 Tiverton teachers participated in a straw poll of sorts this evening on the School Committee's two-year contract details. Had it been a formal vote, they would have voted down the proposal, according to the union president.
Any gains the union members would have made in the second year would have been virtually wiped out by increases in health insurance co-pays, according to Amy Mullen, president of Tiverton's teachers union.
The total net gain in the second year would be $179 each for the most experienced teachers once a proposed 2.5 percent raise at that level was balanced out out by about a $1,000 jump in the employees' share of the family health insurance premium, according to Mullen.
Teachers attended the 90-minute union membership meeting late today.
Mullen said the union's negotiating committee would continue to talk to the School Committee's negotiators.
Last week, the Tiverton School Committee considered a one-year contract proposed by teachers.
-- projo.com staff writer Michael P. McKinney, with reports from Journal staff writer Gina Macris
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