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Burlington Teachers And School Board Ratify New Contract

On Monday, the Burlington School Board and the Burlington Education Association, the union that represents the teachers in the city, ratified a new one-year contract.

The contract started Sept. 1, 2016 and is set to last until Aug. 31, 2017.

The sides had been struggling to reach an agreement after a year of negotiations.

In September, the school board imposed working conditions, a move which the teachers' union strongly criticized.

The teachers' union had voted to strike if the mediation session last week didn’t result in a contract.

Terms of thenew contract include an average salary increase of 2.75 percent, a $170,000 cap for graduate course tuition reimbursement and an increase in how much teachers will contribute to health insurance premiums.

Teachers will now contribute 17 percent of health insurance premiums starting in January 2017.

A summary of the changes in the new contract states that the funds saved by increasing health insurance contributions along with with reductions in other areas professional development will help the district reach the $170,000 cap for graduate course tuition reimbursement.

Liam is Vermont Public’s public safety reporter, focusing on law enforcement, courts and the prison system.
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