Whittemore-Prescott Teachers Agree to Wage Cuts

Houghton Lake, Mich., March 7, 2014--Teachers in the Whittemore-Prescott school district recently agreed to significant wage reductions to keep schools open and prevent the district from going into deficit.

The Whittemore-Prescott Education Association ratified the 3 year agreement on February 26, 2014.  The W-P school board voted to ratify the wage concessions at a special board meeting on Wednesday evening.

The new contract calls for a 10% reduction in current wages for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.  Teachers will incur an actual wage reduction of 17.33% from March, 2014 through June, 2014 as the wage cut will be effective for the entire 2013-14 school year.

“Teachers and school employees in Whittemore-Prescott and across the state are suffering as a result of severe funding cuts to public education at the state level.  The problem is compounded in W-P by a loss of students,” said Anne Mervyn, President of the Whittemore-Prescott Education Association.

“It is our hope and expectation that W-P administrators will also share in the sacrifice teachers have made to keep our school district afloat,” Mervyn said.  

Contact:  Lisa Harrison, MEA UniServ Director, 989-366-1350