Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 18, 2014

TCAPS, teachers union get ready for fact finding


Mary McGee-Cullen, UniServ director for the Michigan Education Association and a member of the TCEA bargaining team, said a recent amendment to TCAPS’ budget prompted the change in the proposed salary increase.

Officials reduced TCAPS’ budgeted annual shortfall earlier this month to about $2 million from the $2.5 million shortfall originally projected, according to district records.

“The district has the ability to pay, and really that sums everything up,” McGee-Cullen said.

The TCAPS Board of Education proposal to the union dated Feb. 3 contains no salary increases. It does include educational credit increases and step increases.

Both proposals, which are available for review on the district’s website, also include different splits on each party’s obligation to cover health insurance cost increases, and different parameters to the formal grievance process outlined in union members’ contracts.

TCEA President Jeff Leonhardt said he hopes the two parties reach a “fair and equitable” agreement.

“I look forward to settling this and putting it behind us,” he said.

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