WAPS-Contract Talks

Negotiators with the Winona Area Public School Board may learn Tuesday whether one of the district's unions will accept a contract offer.

Human Resources Director Pat Blaisdell said the education assistants union last week was presented with a proposal offering a 6-percent salary increase offer over three years, retroactive to last July First.

The offer is for a 1-percent increase in the first year, 2013-to-2014, a 2-percent increase in the second year, and a 3-percent increase in the third year, 2015-2016.

The two sides are scheduled to meet Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with a second meeting scheduled for next Tuesday, January 28th, also at 2:00 p.m., at the district offices.

Blaisdell said she did not know if the same offer will be made to the rest of the district's unions. But the offer cannot be made to the teacher's or principal's unions.

That's because under state law those two unions can only work under two-year contracts. Those contracts must correspond to the state's two-year budget cycle.

Blaisdell said no new talks are scheduled with the teacher's union at this time.

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