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Dallas School District reaches deal with employee unions

DALLAS -- It has been four years since teachers and licensed staff in the Dallas School District have received a cost-of-living adjustment in their pay.

September 10, 2013

DALLAS -- It has been four years since teachers and licensed staff in the Dallas School District have received a cost-of-living adjustment in their pay. Administrators have gone four years without a COLA.

That changed Monday night when the Dallas School District Board approved contracts with its two employee unions -- the Dallas Education Association (DEA) for licensed staff and Dallas Chapter No. 34 of the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) for classified staff. Both contracts were already ratified by the associations before Monday's meeting.

Teachers and administrators will receive a 1 percent COLA, while classified staff will see a 1.75 percent COLA. The increases will cost the district $205,130 in the 2013-14 budget.

Superintendent Christy Perry said both associations could have asked for bigger COLAs, but kept other priorities in mind.

"Both associations were cognizant of the fact of what kids needed and accepted a moderate increase," she said.

Employees will not receive an increase in the amount the district pays toward their insurance costs.

Perry added DEA asked that extra funding be funneled toward classroom needs identified by the union, including providing more hours for classified staff. The OSEA contract includes increased pay for some positions, such as highly skilled technology positions in which salaries were not competitive.

The board approved both contracts unanimously.

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