Teachers have tentative contract

January 17, 1993|By Sherrie Ruhl | Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer

Harford's teachers' union has tentatively agreed to a three-year contract that would give teachers 3 percent annual across-the-board raises, the first such raises in two years, the union president said last night.

Teachers employed by the school system 15 years or less would also get annual step raises of varying amounts, said Jean R. Thomas, president of the 1,500-member Harford County Education Association.

She said the contract would be presented to teacher representatives Thursday. Teachers would have to rush to vote on the contract before the next meeting of the school board on Feb. 8, Mrs. Thomas said.

"It has become protocol for the teachers to approve the contract before the school board votes on it," she said.

The county's 2,128 teachers make an average of $35,642 a year.

Mrs. Thomas said the contact also includes language changes the union had sought on working conditions, including working hours after the regular school day.

"There were a lot of language changes, some of which we have been working for years to get," she said. "I am very happy. We have a contract hammered out and it is at the printers," she said.

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