AFT St. Louis files court order to stop wage freeze in St. Louis Public Schools

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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) St. Louis Local 420, representing St. Louis Public School teachers, filed an injunction in St. Louis Circuit Court June 5 to protect its members’ salaries against a possible wage freeze.

Local 420 President Sally Topping said last week the district had sent a letter indicating employee wage freezes in violation of the policy agreement between the district and its union employees.

“We demand that they release the raises they have already agreed to,” Topping said in the statement. “This is an anti-union tactic and shows how afraid the district is of the arbitration cases we have taken action on. We won’t be intimidated.”

In March 2017, the district’s board approved a union contract guaranteeing raises for teachers over the next three years beginning that April, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Specifically, the contract called for compound raises based on experience of 2.75 to 3.25 percent yearly until 2020.

Topping was unavailable for further comment at Labor Tribune press time.

We’ll have more on this developing story in the coming weeks.

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