Eugene 4J, teachers reach contract agreement

FILE - Eugene 4J School District (SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - After months of negotiations, the Eugene 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association have reached a new contract agreement.

Barring snow days, this will be the first full school year since furlough days began nearly a decade ago.

The Eugene Education Association represents the district's teachers and licensed specialists such as counselors and nurses.

The agreement will mean salary increases for 4J teachers over the next three years:

  • 2.1 percent COLA (cost of living increase) in 2017-18
  • 1.8 percent COLA in 2018-19
  • 2 percent COLA in 2019-20

The agreement also gives elementary teachers more time to prepare during the school day while students are at P.E., a music class or other specialized instruction.

Kerry Delf, a 4J spokesperson, said one of the biggest wins for the district is agreeing on 4J's first common calendar for all schools.

"We had schools that had different amounts of learning time, and had different days off, different late start, early releases, which is challenging for families," Delf said. "So really this is an important change and an important improvement going forward."

Delf said 4J has not had a full school year since 2008 because of furlough days. She is hopeful this will be a full school year, unless there are snow days this winter. | BOOKMARK THIS PAGE FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES

The contract expires in 2020.

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