Waterloo teachers get 3.5 percent pay raise in new contract

The school district’s 192 teachers will receive a 3.5 percent salary increase on July 1.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a new, four-year contract at its June 18 meeting. It was ratified by the Waterloo Education Association, the union representing the teachers, on May 17 by a vote of 147 to 24.

The contract calls for salary increases of 3.5 percent for 2018-19 and 2019-20, followed by salary increases of 3.25 percent in 2020-21 and 2021-22. Teachers would be required to work an additional 15 minutes per day.

WEA incoming President Jacque Dingee could not be reached for comment.

The board also unanimously approved a new, four-year contract with the Waterloo Non Instructional Employees Association. That union represents 98 employees. Those workers will receive a pay hike to the federal minimum wage of $11.10 per hour or a 3-percent hourly wage increase as of July 1 and for each of the following three years of the contract.

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