Anchorage teachers union agrees to one-year contract

Members of the Anchorage teachers union approved a one-year contract Friday that gives them two more personal days and increases the district's contribution to their health insurance premiums.

The contract does not include the 3 percent raise the union asked for.

The Anchorage School Board still must ratify the contract. If it does, the contract will take effect retroactively to July 1, 2017, and will expire June 30.

The contract agreement follows more than two years of negotiations between the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Education Association, the union that represents more than 3,300 district employees, including teachers, counselors and librarians.

In November, the union rejected a contract proposal, sending the two parties back to the bargaining table. The revised version includes new clarifications — giving teachers more control over their planning time and reducing the number of administrative meetings.

Tom Klaameyer, union president, said more union members participated in this week's vote than the one in November. Per union policy, he said, he could not release how many members voted, how many agreed to the contract and how many rejected it.

Klaameyer said the union hopes to start negotiating the next contract this spring.

"It's time to take a breath, to pause," he said, "but also to regroup because we're going to be at bat again in April."

Tegan Hanlon

Tegan Hanlon was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News between 2013 and 2019. She now reports for Alaska Public Media.