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Kalamazoo teachers locked in wage battle with school district

Kalamazoo (FILE)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Teachers are now locked in a wage battle with Kalamazoo Public Schools.

"They need to prioritize us and do right by us by giving us the step increase we were promised. They negotiated that contract with us, it's not just a union contract, they agreed to it and they need to uphold their promise," said Kalamazoo Education Association President Amanda Miller.

The Kalamazoo Education Association says the school board is denying them their wage increases.

KPS says it's still offering a small raise, but it isn't able to offer more because it's getting less money from the state.

The teachers union says KPS has millions stashed away in a rainy day fund and points to ten straight years of increased enrollment, for why they deserve to be paid more.

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