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Vote On Teachers Contract Delayed Again

December 12, 2012 by Josh Morgan

For the second time in as many months, the Town Council could not vote on the contract signed between the Board of Education and Teachers' Union.
On Tuesday night, the Council was set once again to discuss the matter but, for the second month in a row, could not. The Town Council could not vote on the contract because the document has not yet been filed with the Town Clerk's office. Until the contract is filed, the Council has no statutory authority.
The contract was agreed upon through mediation in August, but there were some clarifications needed before it was filed. After the Dec. 11 Council meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio noted the Union has to sign the contract and submit it to the Town Clerk.
"We're just waiting. There are no issues," he said.
The new four-year deal results in a 8.93 percent wage and step increase for Cheshire teachers. The Town Council does not have to take any action, as the deal can go into effect without a vote. If the Town Council votes to reject the contract, it would be sent to arbitration.
For more on this story, see an upcoming edition of The Cheshire Herald.

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