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Wed June 29, 2011
Lansing teachers agree to layoffs, benefits cuts and a pay freeze
Lansing teachers have approved a new one year contract that includes benefits cuts and layoffs. Under the deal approved by Lansing teachers, the district will eliminate up to 95 positions. The one year agreement also freezes wages, while increasing employee contributions to their health care plans.
The contract concessions are tied to the Lansing School District’s need to reduce a projected $18 million dollar budget gap. The school board is expected to vote on the district’s budget for the next fiscal year this evening.
Patti Seidl is the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association. She’s worried that the school district may seek additional wage and benefit concessions next year, when the new contract expires.