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Union ratifies contract that freezes teacher pay

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Leila Navidi

Educators attend a union-negotiation update meeting last month at Del Sol High School.

Clark County Education Association members ratified a new contract with the School District that freezes teacher pay for one year.

The agreement will help the district close the bulk of a remaining $28 million budget gap without resorting to furlough days or layoffs.

Teacher salaries and benefits account for about 67 percent of the district’s $2.1 billion operating budget.

The union represents the majority of the district’s 18,000 licensed personnel. In an earlier survey — with more than 4,600 responses — 81 percent of CCEA members said they supported the proposed contract.

By the close of voting Wednesday, 902 members had cast ballots with 686 —76 percent — in favor of the contract. That’s about 200 more ballots than were cast in the prior year’s contract ratification.

CCEA President Ruben Murillo said the organization was pleased to have the contract process completed.

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