Collier County Teachers Union to continue pay negotiations

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The Collier County Teachers Union and the school district are heading back into pay negotiations as the new school year rapidly approaches.

For years, teachers have discussed the cost of living in Collier County, saying it doesn’t match what they’re getting paid and that they believe they deserve more.

Recently, the school district rejected a $7,000 union offer to increase the base salary of $54,000 for teachers.

Since then, the teachers union has lowered its initial offer to $6,000, claiming that teachers will settle with a starting salary of $60,000.

However, the school district counter-offered the union a starting wage increase between $2,700 and $2,950.

“Based on what the district presented us with, I want to say that they presented us with a proposal that I would say that is very anemic, and we want to counter,” said Collier County Education Association President Ken Mouton.

WINK News has contacted the Collier County School District for a comment; however, district representatives stated that they would not comment until a deal has been made.

The negotiations are expected to continue on Tuesday afternoon.

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