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Union reaches tentative agreement

On Jan. 15, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district and Burnsville Education Association (BEA) reached a tentative agreement on a new two-year contract, which would run from July 1, 2013 (retroactively) through June 15, 2015.

Union representatives met six times between January and September 2013 to negotiate. The district requested mediation at the end of September and the two groups met with a mediator in late November.

“Generally, it went smoothly,” said Bob Nystrom, BEA president. “I was a little surprised it didn’t go quicker.”

The BEA board voted this week on whether to bring the contract to all 775 union members. The group would vote on whether to ratify it the first week in February. “I have no reason to believe it won’t be ratified. I think it’s a fair and competitive settlement,” Nystrom said.

BEA represents all licensed, professional staff in the district, including counselors, nurses and adult-education teachers.

ERIN ADLER

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