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Madison teachers to vote on contract

Published On: Oct 02 2013 11:17:58 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2013 03:44:52 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Members of Madison Teachers Inc. will meet Wednesday night to vote on a one-year contract with the Madison Metropolitan School District that would keep the union’s collective bargaining units alive from July 2014 to June 30, 2015.

John Matthews, MTI executive director, said there are five bargaining units voting on the proposed contract, with 5,000 potential voters at the meeting.

Each bargaining unit votes separately, and 50 percent plus one vote is needed for the contract to pass, Matthews said. If the contract passes, it would be the only teacher contract in the state to go through 2015.

He said the timing of the vote is abnormal because union officials wanted to get it in place as quickly as possible to prevent further effects caused by Act 10.

Matthews said he does not expect controversy over the contract but did say some voters might be discouraged that better progress wasn’t made.

The contract focuses on employment security and economic security as much as possible, Matthews said.

MTI workers are currently working under a contract that expires June 30, 2014.

The MTI meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Marriott West in Middleton.

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