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North Allegheny, teachers OK early bird contract

The North Allegheny School District and its teachers’ union reached a new contract in what is being called “an early bird settlement,” the district said.

The school board’s nine members unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night with the North Allegheny Federation of Teachers that will run from July 1 through June 30, 2020, the district said in a statement.

The new contract will increase total salaries by 2.5 percent annually, the district said. The amount union members pay for health care benefits will increase from 12 percent of costs to 13.5 percent by 2020.

The district employs 611 federation members, most of whom are teachers. The average salary in the 2014-15 school year for professional staff in the district is about $77,000, spokeswoman Joy Ed said.

The union ratified the new contract Monday. The current contract expires June 30.

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