Former union president Bob Darling says it was important for the membership to vote on an extension more than a year before the current deal expires:
“There are times where the contract will supersede any laws that are changed until the contract expires. So we’re hoping to get a contract settled before lawmakers make any decisions before May 30th. And some of the provision in the contract will be hopefully grandfathered in.”
Darling says the two-year extension also includes a reduction in pay increases that teachers get when they put in for retirement. The deal now heads to the District 150 School Board for approval.