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Colorado Springs School District 11 and collective bargaining teachers’ union to resume negotiations Thursday

Published: April 30, 2014, 4:16 pm, by Debbie Kelley

Union contract negotiations regarding compensation will resume Thursday at 8 a.m. between the Colorado Springs Education Association and Colorado Springs School District 11, the region’s largest school district.

The administrative team made its initial proposal last week, on April 23. The union is presenting its initial proposal at Thursday’s session.

The current school year marked the first time in four years for D-11 employees to get a salary increase. The district approved a $9.3 million wages and benefits package for the 2013-2014 academic year, which included a 4 percent, one-time bonus for all D-11 employees and an additional 1 percent raise for top executives and 10-cent-per-hour annual increase for support staff.

The district also reduced mandated unpaid furlough days from two to one, picked up a 2.8 percent increase in insurance premiums and increased retirement contributions by .9 percent.