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Collinsville teachers reject offer; will still work for now



St. Louis, MO. – Teachers in Collinsville overwhelmingly rejected the school district's three-year contract offer and endorsed an intent-to-strike notice Monday.

The contract offer was defeated by a 395-to-15 vote a day before classes in this district of six-thousand students was to begin.

Union officials say they plan to file a 10-day intent-to-strike notice tomorrow, meaning the soonest teachers could strike is August 26. Any walkout would require another vote by the teachers.

Barney Mundorf, the school board's attorney, said the district would not offer additional money if teachers rejected the offer.

The contract offer called for a 3 percent raise in the first year and 4 percent in each of the proposal's final two years.

The union's counteroffer was a 7 percent increase in the first year, 7.5 percent the second and 8 percent the third.


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