Teachers reject latest contract proposal

The Traverse City Education Association overwhelmingly rejected the most recent contract proposal brought forward by the Traverse City Area Public Schools.

Not many details are known yet as to why the teachers rejected the latest plan.

The meeting was closed off to media. Teachers are being asked not to talk about the processâ??s progress. Monday nightâ??s meeting was part of a long string of negotiations.

Teachers cut their summer vacation short a day and packed into the Traverse City Central High School auditorium to learn more about the most recent contract proposal.

According to the TCEA the meeting had record attendance.

The rejected proposal was for a two year contract allowing a one-percent raise as well as horizontal movement. Teachers who do not get a step up in pay due to time on the job would have gotten a $200 payment. Those who are eligible for a step up in pay would have needed to receive a job evaluation of effective or highly effective.

Back in June, teachers protested a one year contract proposal that included a salary freeze.

The TCEA said it will continue to work toward a settlement with a state mediator.

For now, teachers head back to the classroom Tuesday morning.

The teachers' current contract expired August 31.

The school system faces a 1.3 million dollar deficit, according to the TCAPS executive director of Human Resources.