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Aata Rejection Looms In Talks

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The Boardfof EducaWi's negotiating team was told yesterday that the members of the Ann Arbor Teachers' Association (AATA) have "overwhelmingly rejected" the board's latest salary proposal. The two teams met yesterday in an afternoon bargaining ses,sion. The AATA negotiators were referring to a resolution passed Wednesday at a system-wide teachers' meeting which registered "strong disapproval" of the board's latest proposal, presented on Tuesday. ' AATA President Donald Newsted said he recommended the board accept the teachers' rent proposal, designated the association's "minimum package" on March 27. "I strongly urged the board's team to settle on our last proposal," Newsted said, "because this would improve the probability of the (June 10) millage passing, guarantee the1 opening of school in September and guarantee a higher quality group of new teachers" for next year. No s a 1 a r y agreement was reached yesterday, though a few "minor economie issues" were resolved. "I think we're making progress," Supt. W. Scott Westerman Jr. said. "In truth ... I think we are coming closer together." VvêstênnansaKHtnatrnë AATA negotiators agreed to present a specific "response" to the board's latest proposal at, next Wednesday's negotiating session. The board's latest proposal would provide a $6,300 starting salary, an increase of $300 from the 1967-68 schedule. It would also provide an increase of $240 for those teachers with a master's degree who are at 'the top step of the salary schedule. These teachers are presently receiving a salary of $11,070. A sum of $20 per month for various fringe benefit options also would be available. The board's offer proposes lower salaries on certain steps for 1968-69 than were accepted this year. But because of the usual yearly increment, Newsted said today that "no teacher would earn less money next year than this year." According to Westerman, the "average" increase would be $460 per year if the board's proposal were accepted. The median increase would be $54ol per year, he said. The teachers are requestingl a salary range for teachers withl a bachelor's degree from $6,50ol to $11,050, and for teachers withl a master's degree from $7,1501 to $12,350. They are also requesting fully-l paid health and hospitalizationl insurance, $10,000 life insurancel policies and the continuation od super-maximum (a merit planl of pay increases for veteranl teachers.)