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Friday, February 9, 2007

Tentative teachers pact in Watertown

WATERTOWN

School officials and the teacher's union reached a "tentative
agreement" for a three-year contract yesterday, said William
Fratto, the union president.

Fratto wouldn't give salary terms, saying that some details still need to be ironed out. He did say that the increase exceeds the school officials' last offer, which was 8.5 percent over the life of the contract. Fratto said he expects a new agreement to be ratified by month's end.

The union has agreed to accept higher co-pays for health insurance, but staved off an increase in premiums that would have seen their share climb from 10 percent to 20 percent.

The union, which has been working without a deal since August,
represents about 340 employees, including teachers, house
masters, assistant principals, coordinators, and instructional
assistants.

-- Christina Pazzanese

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