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Red Wing School District approves labor agreement

Red Wing School Board unanimously approved a labor agreement between the district and custodial, engineer and maintenance personnel at their regular board meeting Oct. 15.

Adjustments were made to wages for custodians who have four or fewer years in the district to be more competitive as well as cost-of-living adjustments.

Custodians who have worked in the district for five years will get a 2 percent cost-of-living increase each year. Over the past four years, custodians have received an average of 1.25 percent per year in cost-of-living adjustments.

The district's contributions to insurance were not changed.

The agreement's duration will last from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.

School Board member Janie Farrar said the agreement is a good decision for hiring wages, while also supporting more of the senior members employed with the district.

Karsten Anderson, superintendent for the district, thanked the employees for coming to an agreement that will help the district "remain competitive and yet cost effective in our settlements."

The district agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the custodial, engineer and maintenance personnel group regarding reporting requirements during school closures. Anderson said they decided to continue on with the agreement and will discuss if there needs to be any changing to reporting requirements over the following months.

The memorandum was also approved with the labor agreement.

Red Wing School Board will next meet 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Red Wing High School Media Center.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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