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No strike for Wolf Branch teachers in Swansea, Ill.


Swansea, Ill. – There will not be a teacher's strike at Wolf Branch Schools in the Metro-East town of Swansea.

Teachers voted Tuesday night to accept a contract offer, just days after filing an intent-to-strike notice.

The 60 teachers had complained that proposed salary increases weren't good enough. But they'll now work under a contract that gives them annual raises of between 3-4%.

About 900 students are enrolled in the district.

Union spokeswoman Laurel Schmeiding says teachers were disappointed by the modest increase but agreed to accept it so the lives of the students wouldn't be disrupted.

The school board must still ratify the deal.


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