Teachers agree to work for free

Oregon educators ratify contract that includes 10 days of unpaid work
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/13/2003

Teachers in Portland, Ore. have agreed to work 10 days for free in an effort to keep 24 days from being lopped off the school year and to keep health benefits.

The 3,300-member union’s decision hinged on the government’s promise to temporarily raise taxes on businesses and possibly personal incomes to help close a budget gap that threatened to shorten the school year.

The 10 free days of work translates into a five per cent pay cut this year, but will preserve the 171-day school year if new tax revenues cover the other 14 days scheduled to be cut.