Teachers rally in Clarkston

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Teachers lined the streets in front of the superintendent's office.
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston teachers rallied in front of the City School District Office for the second day in a row on Wednesday to keep contract negotiations continuing in the right direction.

Teachers lined the streets in front of the superintendent's office, who recently got an added benefits package in December, to make it clear that pay cuts are no longer acceptable.

"Teacher's salaries have been reduced across the state and so compensation is a big issue for us," said Clarkston Education Association President Christy Simons. "We have had veteran teachers over the last few years that have lost $7,000."

Simons said reports from the negotiations team are positive and progress has been made. The district staff were in negotiations all day until 8 p.m. bargaining four open contracts for different groups of the Clarkston School District. This includes coaching staff, the Clarkston Classified Association which is comprised of instructional assistants, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Clarkston Education Association which represents teachers.