Settlement imminent in Hamilton teacher contract dispute

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP – For nearly a year and a half teachers in the Hamilton Township School District have been working without a contract. Finally, it appears that a settlement has been reached.

An item on the Board of Education’s meeting agenda for Tuesday, Dec. 17 indicates a vote on a memorandum of agreement to approve a settlement with the Hamilton Township Education Association (HTEA).

According to the board’s negotiations chairman Eric Aiken, such an agreement would be for three years with a 4 percent increase each year. In addition, three steps would be added to the salary guide, a condition that the board deemed necessary. Also, starting salaries in the third year of the agreement would be increased to $50,000.

A vote to ratify is scheduled by HTEA members on Tuesday before the board meeting. Assuming a positive vote by HTEA, the board would vote on the memorandum of agreement at the meeting.

Aiken feels confident the board will accept the terms of the agreement, as four members of the negotiating team have already agreed to it.

HTEA President Jeff Gildiner is also confident that his members will agree to the settlement.

“It is not exactly what we wanted, but in the end, it is fair to both sides,” Gildiner stated.


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