Madison teachers union sues MMSD over contracts

Published: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:45 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The teachers union which represents educators from Madison Metropolitan School District is suing the district Wednesday over their contracts.

Madison Teachers Inc. argues that though MMSD issued its contracts by the May 15 deadline, they have “inconsistent and contradictory terms defining salaries.”

MTI states the contracts note in one part that employees will be paid their current salaries, while in another it says they include pay increases.

The union is seeking for the court to find that the district should provide for scheduled pay increases, which had been authorized by the school board in the past.

President Michael Jones said in a written statement that MMSD sent out the contracts without having them be agreed upon by both sides.

“The District’s failure to address and resolve the contradictions within the issued contracts, which leaves educators uncertain about what they are being offered in compensation for the upcoming school year, sows more uncertainty after a year of constant trauma and unrest,” said Jones.

MMSD spokesperson Tim LeMonds said the district will be working with the union to reach an agreement.

“Due to pending litigation initiated by MTI on this matter, the district is not able to provide further comment,” stated LeMonds. “What I can say is, in good faith, MMSD continues to work with MTI towards reaching an amicable agreement and getting to a place where we both can move forward with mutual understanding.”

MMSD teachers met on May 10 outside of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s headquarters for a “Rally for Respect” to call for changes to the employee handbook and contract changes.

A spokesperson for MMSD stated then that the district was looking forward to collaborating with the union.

“The contracts recently given to staff reflect current salaries, and do not include expected future pay increases, unlike staff contracts in previous years,” said a MMSD spokesperson on May 10.

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