Wis. Teacher Contract Talks Settle Quickly

Posted Sunday, July 22, 2012 --- 1:38 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ten years ago, more than half of Wisconsin's school districts had gone without teacher contracts for over a year. This summer, contracts talks are being completed in as little as 15 minutes.

Christina Brey, spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teachers union, says there isn't much to talk about.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/ORzUFX ) that under last year's law that curbed collective bargaining, only changes to base wages are subject to negotiation. And those raises are limited to a cost-of-living increase set by the state.

For the just-ended school year, the maximum cost-of-living increase was 1.64 percent. For 2012-13, the maximum increase will be 3.16 percent.

Districts that want to exceed the limit must put the question to the voters through a referendum.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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