Picket planned over proposed pay cut - WNEM TV 5

Picket planned over proposed pay cut

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Teachers in Freeland may have to take a hit to their pocketbooks, and they're going to let the public know they're angry about it.

The teachers plan to picket Monday at Freeland High School at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the school board meets at the high school, inside the performing arts center.

Teachers in the district are facing a proposed three-percent pay cut in an effort to balance the district's budget.

"Some of us feel the school board isn't negotiating fairly some of the concessions they are asking for are too deep," said Scott Harrison, a teacher at Freeland Schools. He and several other teachers stood outside Monday holding signs in this second week of informational pickets.

Teachers say they offered the school board alternative ways to save money, but say those ideas were shot down.

"We offered to take a cut to our insurance and other cuts from benefits that wouldn't directly hurt our salaries, but [the] school turned it down," said Harrison.

Freeland superintendent Matt Cairy says he's glad the pickets aren't disrupting students, but Cairy couldn't give a clear answer on whether the school board plans to cut teacher pay.

"The Board of Education respects the teachers, and they are working for a fair settlement," said Cairy.

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