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New UE Members In Keokuk
Schools Approve Contract


School employees in this Mississippi River community overwhelmingly voted to adopt their first UE contract. The Keokuk Educational Office Personnel union voted on Sept. 29, 1998 to affiliate with UE; union members belong to amalgamated Local 893.

Keokuk employees gain pay increases equal to 2 percent or new money available to the school district, whichever is higher, as well as step increases.

The contract provides extra money for teacher associates, bringing their pay scales into line with others and recognizing the many special skills needed in their work. The agreement directs more money to family health insurance (or makes available a $25 monthly annuity paid by the school district).


Prior to this agreement, only a handful of school district employees had paid vacations. Thanks to the first UE contract, all employees working less than 12 months a year will be entitled to four paid holidays. The contract increases the number of paid personal days that may be carried over to the next school year and improves the definition of family as it applies to funeral and critical illness.

The age of eligibility for early retirement is reduced from 60 to 55 for early retirement; the school district’s contribution to retiree insurance goes from 50 to 70 percent.

The negotiating committee was chaired by Betty Whippie; committee members were Jane Legan, Kathy Vermillion, Diane Wade and Sharon Lorentzen. The committee was assisted by UE Field Org. Sylvia Kelley.

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