Fairbanks teachers ratify contract

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks teachers have ratified a new contract.

The pact was approved Tuesday by 58 percent of the 431 union members who voted.

The current teachers' contract expires June 30th.

The two-year pact approved yesterday gives teachers a 2.5 percent pay hike in the second-year. There would be no percentage increase in the first year, but teachers would move up on the pay scale.

The contract will also increase the amount the district will spend on health insurance and gives elementary school teachers an aditional 30 minutes of prep time each week.

Despite approval of the contract, union officials and teachers at Tuesday's vote said they are disappointed with current salary levels.

''The salaries haven't kept up with inflation,'' said Jeff Walters, President of the Fairbanks Education Association. ''Health care costs have gone up dramatically.''

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