Starting Monday, teachers in Kimball stopped donating their extra time to the district until a new contract is signed.
Kimball teachers have worked 311 days without a new contract. Members of the union’s bargaining team and district administrators have met in 13 different negotiating sessions. However, the two sides remain far apart on several key issues and will go into mediation on June 22.
“Kimball teachers will put aside our frustrations and focus on our students during the school day,” said Erin Durga, president of Education Minnesota Kimball. “However, we can’t continue to work beyond our contracted hours when district administrators can’t agree to a fair, reasonable contract.”
If Kimball wants to attract and retain high quality educators to prepare our next generation, the district needs to pay teachers a fair wage. More teachers are leaving for surrounding school districts where they can earn a better living.
“We know we can come to an agreement that is good for Kimball and good for educators so they can sustain their families,” Durga said.
Education Minnesota Kimball has more than fifty educators working in Kimball Schools.
President, Education Minnesota Kimball