MMSD and MTI reach tentative contract agreement

Madison Metropolitan School District:

The Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Teachers Incorporated reached a tentative agreement yesterday on the terms and conditions of a new two-year collective bargaining agreement for MTI’s 2,400 member teacher bargaining unit.
The contract, for the period from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2009, needs ratification from both the Board of Education and MTI. MTI will hold a ratification meeting on Thursday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alliant Energy Center, Dane County Forum. The Board of Education will take up the proposal in a special meeting on Monday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m. The MTI meeting is closed to the public, while the Board’s meeting is open.
Terms of the contract include:
Base Salary Raise: 1.00%
Total Raise incl. Benefits: 4.00%
Base Salary Raise: 1.00%
Total Raise incl. Benefits: 4.00%

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  • Concessions before negotiations.
  • TJ Mertz comments on the agreement.
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    Taxpayers will continue to pay 100% of the health care premiums for half of the teachers who choose Group Health, and 90% of the premiums for the other half of teachers who join WPS. WPS teachers pay $190 a month for a family and $72 a month for an individual.
    The union says those costs are too high.
    The district said it tried to introduce two new HMO plans to lower costs, but the union rejected them.

Key contract provisions include:
– Creation of a Joint Committee on Wellness and Preventive Health Care
which will study and make recommendations to the district and MTI in hopes
of providing the means to halt the rapid escalation of healthcare costs.
– Creation of a Joint Committee to study and make recommendations to MTI
and the district about the workload of elementary teachers.
– Initiate an emergency room co-pay of $75 and an office visit co-pay of
– Two additional school year calendars. For 2008-09, classes begin
September 2 and end June 12, and for 2009-10 the start and end dates are
September 1 and June 11. Both will have a two-week winter break and a
six-day spring break. (In 2007-08, classes begin September 4 and end June
“I am very pleased that we are able to reach a negotiated settlement that I
believe is fair to our employees and to the Madison community, given the
financial limitations created by the state-imposed revenue cap,” said
Superintendent Art Rainwater.
MTI Executive Director John Matthews said that he was glad that the
contract was reached in time for the union to hold its ratification meeting
prior to school being released for the summer, and that the parties were
able to successfully resolve several matters which were raised in
“But the economic provisions do not adequately reward those who have made
the Madison schools the best in the country. With the State usurping local
control as regards to school funding, this is a matter that the State must
fix; there is nothing local school boards can do. The State must realize
that their funding formula for education is inadequate, and that it is
causing the dissolution of the great education once made available to
Wisconsin children. That must be fixed and it is up to the Governor and
the Legislators to do it,” Matthews said.
Contracts are still outstanding for MTI’s clerical/technical, educational
assistant and school security bargaining units.
For more information, contact:
MMSD: Ken Syke, 663-1903, or Joe Quick, 663-1902, or
MTI: John Matthews, 257-0491
Madison Metropolitan School District
Public Information Office
545 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53703

TJ Mertz comments on the agreement. Concessions before negotiations.

One thought on “MMSD and MTI reach tentative contract agreement”

  1. Tonight the Union leadership rammed this through. Teachers were given 30 hours notice of the meeting — in the middle of grading, graduations, etc. — and I would say that barely more than 100 of the 2700 teachers in the bargaining unit were present. After a shallow and unresponsive 30-minute discussion, the contract was ratified. A 1% raise is insulting to teachers, and the continued squandering of resources on WPS should upset all but the cabal of WPS fanatics who pull the strings. These are not Madison’s Teachers. Please, BOE, reject this contract. Madison’s Teachers will thank you, and you can go a long way towards restoring credibility and confidence in your work.

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