Mat-Su school district, staff reach tentative agreement

Posted: Friday, October 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Matanuska-Susitna School District and the union representing nearly 700 support staff have tentatively agreed on a two-year contract.

The deal, called a compromise by both sides, was reached Wednesday after months of wrangling.

The contract offers a 2 percent annual salary increase as well as cuts in employee health insurance costs.

The pact still needs to be ratified by the school board and a majority of Classified Employees Association union members.

The union represents support staff like custodians, tutors and receptionists.

The two sides had been trying to work out a new contract since last year. In recent weeks, each ran competing newspaper ads accusing the other of being unreasonable.

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