YPSILANTI, Mich. - Lincoln Consolidated Schools teachers have agreed to a salary schedule freeze in exchange for retaining Choices II health insurance through the Michigan Education Special Services Association, The Ann Arbor News reported.

Teachers agreed to a freeze for the first year only of a new, three-year contract, followed by further wage negotiations in the second and third years, according to The News. The freeze affects only the overall salary range; teachers who move up the salary schedule due to advanced degrees or years of experience still will receive increased pay, The News reported. The current salary range is $35,580 to $82,125.

Jackie Schock, president of the 319-member Lincoln Education Association, said that members agreed to the freeze because of the district's financial situation, according to The News. The district recently made $228,000 in budget reductions and more are anticipated, The News reported.

SOURCE:
The Ann Arbor News, "Lincoln teachers accept wage freeze," Nov. 26, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Digest, "Teachers opt to leave MESSA, get pay hike," Nov. 17, 2008

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