The Decorah Education Association (DEA) and the Decorah Community School District have reached an agreement for the 2019-2020 master contract.
The agreement includes a salary increase of 2.91 percent. With increased costs for insurance and other items, the total cost to the District will be $281, 031.
According to a joint press release from the DEA and District, in 2017, the Iowa Legislature and Governor “gutted” public employee collective bargaining, mandating that many items be removed from public employee contracts. This is the first year the District and DEA negotiated under the new law.
“The governor and our local Iowa legislators went out of their way to hurt Iowa teachers and other public employees,” said Steve Peterson, Decorah teacher and DEA negotiator.
“This agreement we reached with the school district shows what goodwill and respect can accomplish.”
Superintendent Mike Haluska added, “In light of the Legislature’s dismantling of Chapter 20 (which pertains to collective bargaining), I feel DEA representatives and the representatives of the District were able to rise above the political pettiness and put together a sound plan representing the best interests of all. I have a great deal of admiration for our teachers and how they approached these proceedings. This would seem to truly be a win-win solution.”
In a related matter, the Board approved the issuance of contracts for administrative assistants, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, the school nurse, paraeducators, other support staff and coaches at an increase of 3.22 percent, for a total cost to the District of $109,756.