Pulaski County school board hikes substitute pay

LITTLE ROCK, AR AP) - The Pulaski County Special School District Board is taking action to increase pay for substitutes in case of a strike and hire 20 permanent subs during a dispute with a teachers' union.

The board voted 4-0 Friday on the two measures and to give a $50 bonus to teachers who showed up for work Thursday during a one-day walkout.  Acting Superintendent Rob McGill says administrators heard rumors of a teachers' strike possibly occurring next week and wanted to be prepared.

Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers President Marty Nix says there will be no strike next week. She also says the board's vote violates the existing union contract.

On Tuesday, the board withdrew recognition of unions for teachers and for other staff after the organizations criticized the board for delaying action on proposed employee contracts.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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