Teachers, GH schools reach tentative pact

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Through months of negotiations, the two groups crafted a pact for the current and 2013-14 school years.

Grand Haven Education Association members will meet Oct. 29 for a ratification vote, said the union's president, Amy Cahalan. If the teachers vote in favor of the agreement, it will go before the Grand Haven school board for final approval.

The contract would impact about 373 educators.

Discussions have been going on since spring, said Scott Grimes, assistant superintendent of human services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. He said more information would be released about the agreement when it's approved.

During negotiations, the union poured over the contract language because the state Legislature made some subjects prohibitive for bargaining, Cahalan said.

“We also faced some tough financial realities and had to be creative on ways that we could work together to save money for our community,” Cahalan said. “Fortunately, collective bargaining works, and we were able to come up with a fair deal, given our financial constraints.”

Recommended for You