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      Flint schools reaches tentative labor agreement avoiding 19 percent pay cut

      Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins announces tentative agreement with the district's collective bargaining units.

      Flint school teachers and staff will no longer be receiving a 19 percent pay cut because of a new agreement.

      Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins announced the tentative staffing contract agreements Wednesday afternoon saying it will save the district millions.

      The district has to cut about $10 million out of its budgets by 2018, under the Deficit Elimination Plan.

      Flint's interim superintendent says these new agreements with Flint's teachers union, administrators union, and service employees union will make a big difference.

      ??We've been able to do that through reductions, re-designing our health insurance plans?|looking at our staffing in each building and being able to adjust staffing there,?? said attorney Kendall Williams, chief negotiator for the district.

      The agreement with all three bargaining units, will save $6.2 million during the upcoming fiscal year.

      Each union will now vote on the tentative agreement. Then it will go to the school board for final approval.