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Alton teachers approve new contract

By KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Teachers in the Alton School District Monday approved a new contract. The proposal got 85% support from the teachers.

The impasse in earlier negotiations had been over pay increases; union leaders say both the district and union met half-way in striking the deal.

The new contract avoids a strike that could have started Monday. Teachers had issued a strike notice, but the union and district came to a tentative agreement in the time between that notice and the day they could walk off the job.

The proposal today (Tuesday) will go to the Alton school board.

School started last week in the district.

The union represents 650 district employees, including about 470 teachers.

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