Appleton reaches CBA accord

The school district and teachers organization in Appleton, Wisconsin, have come to terms on a collective bargaining agreement extension for employees.

Workers will contribute more to their health insurance and pensions under the terms of the one-year extension, which takes effect July 1 and should save the Appleton Area School District Board $7 million, according to reports. Teachers will now contribute 12 percent toward their health insurance, up from 4 percent and 5.8 percent toward their pension, up from nothing. On the other hand, teachers will hang on to their sick days and could be eligible for a raise under the right circumstances, even as the contract institutes a wage freeze.

"I think the biggest thing was the contract extension itself, which just offers us some stability going into the next year," Appleton Education Association president Candi Breitengross told WBAY-TV.

Don Hietpas, the school district's chief financial officer, told WLUK-TV the new collective bargaining agreement allows the board to remedy a $8 million drop in funding next year without laying off workers or dropping certain programs. "It's a transitional phase from the old system to the new system," he told the station.

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