WINNEBAGO (WREX) — After nearly 17 months of back and forth between the Winnebago School District and teachers’ union, the two finally have a tentative agreement which could prevent a teachers’ strike.
That’s if the teachers agree to the contract. They still have to ratify the agreement. Right now, we don’t know what the terms of the agreement are. What we do know is teachers were not happy about how much some of them were being paid.
Years ago, 33 teachers with the Winnebago School District agreed to freeze their pay scale in exchange for a larger base pay up front. But, that contract has since expired and now the Winnebago Education Association says everything is now on the table for negotiations.
However, the school district has said it doesn’t think it could afford to give those teachers the appropriate raises. Back in April, the WEA filed its intent to strike and set a date to do so on September 10.
That could still happen if this tentative agreement isn’t ratified. Earlier tonight, 13 News spoke with parents who say they’re prepared if that strike happens.
“Keep em occupied and keep them safe,” Stephanie King said. “Give them an alternative care program for the kids.”
“My children are available to take care of students in the district if need be,” Wendy Schneider, a parent, said. “But, the responsibility should not be on my kids or the teachers to arrange for child care even though they’re doing that.”
As for when teachers could vote to ratify the contract, that’s still up in the air. The district said we could know that answer tomorrow.