Lakeville School Board, teachers union approve collective bargaining agreement

By Aaron Vehling, Thisweek Newspapers

A collective bargaining agreement between the Lakeville School Board and the teachers union is official after several months without one.

Education Minnesota Lakeville, the teachers union, ratified the agreement earlier today and the School Board approved it tonight at its meeting.

The School Board and EML came to a tentative agreement on Wednesday, Jan. 11, after months of disagreement over health insurance and the amount of time set aside for class preparation.

In a Thisweek story from Jan. 13, neither Director of Administrative Services Tony Massaros nor EML President Don Sinner would comment on the contract beyond indicating that it is “fair and equitable.”

The agreement has “modest salary adjustments and addresses medical insurance costs, retiree insurance benefits and workload issues,” according to an agenda packet item from the meeting. “Language improvements were also made relating to staffing procedures, including limits on ‘Stranding,’ ” the packet item said.

A more comprehensive story is forthcoming.

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