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Union leader hopes tentative agreement will be OK’d soon

Teachers aides without contract for 19 months

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DIXON – The president of the Dixon Educational Support Personnel Association is hopeful her members will be able to meet and ratify a tentative agreement before next Wednesday’s Dixon school board meeting.

There are no holdups in the agreement, DESPA president Mindy Donoho said, just scheduling conflicts and getting the final language from the attorneys representing both the teachers aides union and Dixon Public Schools.

The two sides met for about 5 hours Jan. 28 and finalized the language of a 4-year contract, which includes the 2012-13 school year and the current one. The contract expires after the 2015-16 school year.

The teachers aides have been working without a contract for more than 19 months.

If the contract is ratified by DESPA’s members before the Feb. 19 school board meeting, the board can vote on approving the contract.

The two sides previously reached a tentative agreement in August, but it wasn’t ratified by the union.

 

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