A Pennsylvania teachers' union will begin paying the $84,000 salary plus benefits of its president — who has not taught classes since taking that post in 2009 — instead of the school district.
The Morning Call says the move comes in wake of a lawsuit filed last year by a former Allentown School Board member. The suit contends the district is owed $1.3 million in pay and benefits for union President Debbie Tretter.
Tretter became president and under a 25-year-old practice was relieved of her teaching duties, but still paid by the district, so she could handle union duties full-time. The lawsuit contends that violates laws prohibiting public resources, like school taxes, from being spent on private organizations, like teachers' unions.
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The agreement for the union to pay Tretter going forward doesn't settle the lawsuit.