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School district, union don't reach wages agreement

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Jake Magee
Saturday, November 4, 2017

JANESVILLE—The Janesville School District and Janesville Education Association have not yet come to an agreement about teachers' wages for this schoolyear, officials told The Gazette.

The district and the union met Friday to negotiate the 2017-18 contract.

"Both parties and did not come to an agreement," Superintendent Steve Pophal said.

State law says the district can raise wages equal to the rise in consumer price index. This year's index increase was 1.26 percent, which is the raise the association requested. The district's offer was no raise at all, according to documents obtained by The Gazette.

The next steps include "mediation," but no further meetings have yet been scheduled, Pophal said.

Association President Dave Groth said the two parties, who negotiate contracts annually, don't always come to an agreement initially.



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