Marshfield schools say union law is saving money

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (AP) -- School administrators in Marshfield say Gov. Scott Walker's legislation eliminating most public employees' union rights is saving their school district money.

News-Herald Media reports the district spent about $16.6 million on teacher salaries last year. That's about $1.3 million less than three years ago and the least since the 2007-08 school year.

Marshfield School District business manager Pat Saucerman says he doesn't want to give the collective bargaining law too much credit, but he does think it has helped reduce costs.

Part of the savings is because teachers now pay more toward their health and pension costs. Also, the district has more young teachers than three years ago, which has resulted in lower salary costs.

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