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Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 4:07 p.m.

Saline calls special school board meeting Tuesday to talk union negotiations

By Danielle Arndt

Saline Area Schools will conduct a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty School to discuss collective bargaining, said Superintendent Scot Graden.


Scot Graden

The board will enter immediately into closed session to talk about the ongoing contract negotiations with the district's three unions. The union contracts all expire June 30.

Graden said the talk Tuesday will be a continuation from the March 13 board meeting when trustees also entered into closed session to discuss the contracts.

He said no action is expected to be taken Tuesday.

Previous coverage: Saline Area Schools to renegotiate collective bargaining agreements.

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Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.

I think we have great teacher in our school system, but, cuts need to be made. Saline can not afford these huge administrator/ teacher salaries and pensions! This is getting rediculous and I hope the fine citizens of Saline do NOT let the "powers at be" take advantage of the system one more year!


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

Let's hope we see collective bargaining work for all stakeholders in this excellent district.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 3:44 a.m.

The teachers need to realize that their salary and benefits package is out of touch with reality. Employees everywhere pay more for their benefits and take pay freezes and dare I say it, salary cuts to keep their jobs. I love the Saline teachers and the job they do but if they believe that another teacher making 10%-20% less can't perform their job could be a career limiting decision.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

Thanks for the post Salinetaxpayer1, very enlightening. I assume with that most will be offering to take a pay cut. Even the substitutes make over $50K. None of this includes benefits....real eye opener. And we wonder why we're going broke atr every level of our governemtn and the taxpayers are getting poorer............


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.


Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 3:27 a.m.

I'm happy for this news. The board repeatedly refused to negotiate with the teachers and instead went to an expensive lawyer --- NOT the school lawyer on retainer, but an ADDITIONAL one! It's completely unnecessary and an incredible waste of time and resources. Sit down, work together, and come to an agreement. I'm hopeful for an update to this story with some positive outcome.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

We have plenty of money in Saline. Running a deficit of $1.5 million in 2011 and payroll raises of $1,000,000 last year were not enough. Kids will only learn if teachers are paid more.


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 9:22 p.m.

Scott Graden? Ha! I know John Hieftje when I see him! (I've been wondering why that black helicopter kept zipping back and forth from Ann Arbor to Saline!)


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:38 p.m.

Saline is not Detroit,there is a little money to go around,Saline has a good reputation hopefully is stays in tact. Teaching is not for everyone and it takes a degree to do it.


Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 1:01 a.m.

What's your point?


Tue, Mar 20, 2012 : 8:25 p.m.

Good! Hopefully, they can decide on a contract and stop wasting money on a lawyer.