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Talks go well into the night

Board offers teachers its counteroffer

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Picket signs are seen in the window of the Dixon Education Association’s headquarters Monday afternoon. Negotiations went late into the night Monday, as members of the Dixon Education Association still were reviewing the school board’s latest offer well past 11 p.m. Teachers called the meeting crucial, because they can call a strike as early as Wednesday.

DIXON – Negotiations went into the wee hours this morning, as members of the Dixon Education Association and the school board still were reviewing and discussing the board's latest offer well past 12:30 a.m.

The Dixon School Board presented the union its counteroffer earlier in the day, Superintendent Michael Juenger said.

Teachers called the meeting crucial, since they can call a strike as early as Wednesday. Teachers have been working without a contract since August.

No details on the board's offer were available by print time. Updates will be posted at www.saukvalley.com.

Last week, teachers gave the school board an offer with the promise they would get one in return Monday.

Juenger said a contract agreement was not likely by the end of the late-night session. A settlement, however, is not necessarily needed to avoid a strike.

"Both sides have been negotiating in good faith," Juenger said.

Heading into Monday's negotiations, the board was asking teachers to take a hard freeze in salary, work longer days and pay about $7,400 more a year in family health insurance.

Teachers were asking for a 4-percent salary increase and more staff, but their offer has changed since then. No details on the changes were shared Monday.

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