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School settlements.

The beginning of the school year war marked by a number of settlements, some of which were preceded by work stoppages. At mid-September, about 8,000 teachers were still out, affecting more than 100,000 students in seven States.

Important settlemetns were negotiated in--

* Chicago, IL, where 28,000 members of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) negotiated a 2-year contract that ended a 2-day strike. Terms included an immediate 6-percent salary increase and a 3-percent increase in 1986 that is conditional on the school board receiving increased financial aid from the State.

* Philadelphia, PA, where 21,000 AFT members negotiated a 3-year contract that provided for salary increases of 4 percent in October 1985 and 6 percent in March of 1987 and 1988. Health and welfare benefits also were improved and maternity leave was extended.

* Detroit, MI, where 10,000 AFT members negotiated a 2-year contract that provided for salary increases of 10 percent in September 1985, 4 percent in September 1986, and 3 percent in January 1987. Also, vision care benefits were added, and class preparation time was increased for high school teachers.

* Washington, DC, where 4,500 members of the AFT negotaited a 3-year contract that provided for an immediate lump-sum payment equal to 3 percent of annual salaries. The teachers, who had not received a pay increase since October 1983, also received salary increases under the new contract: 3.5 percent in October 1985, 4 percent in October 1986, and 1.5 percent in September 1987.

* Flint, MI, where the United Teachers of Flint--which is affiliated with both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association--negotiated a 3-year contract for 1,600 teachers. The accord, which ended a 16-day strike, provided for salary increases of 5 percent effective immediately, 5.25 percent in September 1986, and 5.5 percent in September 1987. After the final increase, salaries will range from $20,495 for beginning teachers with bachelors's degrees to $41,259 for teachers with master's degrees and 30 additional college credits.

* Buffalo, NY, where 3,400 National Education Association members negotiated a 2-year contract that provided for 6 percent salary increases effective July 1 of 1985 and 1986. Beginning in the second year, teachers will receive longevity salary increases after 13 years (formerly 15 years), and every 3 years thereafter up to 25 years of service (formerly 27 years).
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Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Nov 1, 1985
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