St. Louis County Teachers Rally for Contract
Posted at: 09/26/2012 10:48 PM
| Updated at: 09/26/2012 11:11 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
Negotiations will start up again on Thursday evening for 150 teachers in St. Louis County who are without a labor contract. On Wednesday night, teachers rallied in solidarity in the town of Iron ahead of those talks.
The district includes five schools, spanning from Culver up to Tower-Soudan and Babbitt. Tom Dooher, President of Education Minnesota said the majority of school districts have settled with teachers. He said now St. Louis County now needs to step up.
"What we're trying to show is that the community has support and the teachers are part of that community and that we want to get this done in a fair and reasonable way, so that these teachers can concentrate number one on educating the students of St. Louis County, and getting them the best education possible," Dooher said.
According to Education Minnesota, ISD 2142 is among about 20 districts which have not settled the new contract.
"The teachers up here in St. Louis County have made tremendous sacrifices for their students, and they still don't have fair and equitable contract. It's been over 450 days and we just think that the cloud of uncertainty for these students for the community needs to be cleared up and get this thing settled," Dooher said.
Teachers are also still owed performance pay for the past two years.