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Gateway teacher contract negotiations continue

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Gateway teachers are negotiating a new contract with the school district as a five-year contract comes to an end.

The details of personnel negotiations are not open to the public, but Gateway Teachers Association President Chuck Riley released a statement this week that — although it doesn't indicate if negotiations are going well or not— affirms that regular negotiations are taking place.

“I cannot predict what will happen in the new contract,” Riley wrote.

“We began negotiations in January. We are meeting to negotiate on a regular basis.”

Last year, Gateway teachers accepted a 1-percent salary reduction for the current school year, representing a savings of about $230,000.

The union also agreed to forgo hourly wages for administering to classrooms in lieu of a substitute teacher, representing more than $50,000 in savings.

Those concessions enabled the district to reinstate four teaching positions for the current school year, school board President Steve O'Donnell said.

“I know that the teachers are committed to the students, and the (school) board is committed to the students,” O'Donnell said.

Gateway Superintendent Nina Zetty and personnel director Bob Reger are negotiating directly with the teachers union, while school directors have provided some direction to district administrators, O'Donnell said.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at midnight Aug. 25, Reger said.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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