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April 11, 2014 edition

Teachers, district work to resolve issues and avoid strike

Barbara Schade, Warrenton Education Association union president and a member of the bargaining team, addressed the Warrenton-Hammond School Board Tuesday night. (Photo by Gary Nevan)

by Gary Nevan

Supporters of Warrenton-Hammond School District teachers filled the high school library at Tuesday night's school board meeting and heard teachers and former teachers tell the board the same message: "Let's work together."

The Warrenton Education Association (WEA) and the school district have been in negotiations on a new contract for nearly 14 months with little success. Teachers have been working without a contract since July 2013.

According to the WEA, Warrenton teachers are the lowest paid teachers in northwest Oregon and among the lowest paid in the state. They also have only received a one percent raise in pay in the last six years.

As a result, speakers at the meeting said that teachers have left or are thinking about leaving the school district.

Warrenton Grade School teacher Betsy Mahoney told the board that she and her husband, Tim, who is also a Warrenton teacher, are seriously considering looking for jobs elsewhere. When her husband left the Seaside School District to work for Warrenton, other teachers at Seaside told him, "I don't know how you can stay there," she said.

"We were told that Seaside didn't lose teachers to Warrenton," she said.

Mahoney said the lower pay scale in Warrenton is "almost making it impossible to stay."

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Located at the mouth of the Columbia River, The Columbia Press is the independently-owned weekly newspaper for the city of Warrenton, Oregon. Since 1978, The Columbia Press has covered local community news and events throughout Warrenton, Hammond and Clatsop County. The Columbia Press is the official legal public notice publication for the City of Warrenton and the Warrenton-Hammond School District.

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