Madison teachers push for contract extension

Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 --- 10:25pm

As the Madison School Board moves forward with budget discussions, teachers within the district are demanding a discussion of their own.

Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Cheatham and the board gathered Monday night to talk about the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, but it wasn't the proposed tax hike that took center stage.

Inside the meeting, teachers donning red filled the seats. Outside, they rallied in support of a contract extension.

A few years back, Act 10 was enacted. It ended most public employee union rights, but Madison School District unions signed contracts before the act went into place, so their contracts were honored.
The contracts were scheduled to expire in June 2014, but were extended until June 2015. Now, Madison Teachers Inc. wants the contracts to be extended once again until June 2016.

The district will meet with teachers this Thursday, May 15 to discuss the extension at a special meeting at 5:30 p.m.

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