Teachers, union sue Jefferson School Board

GRETNA, La. (AP) - The Jefferson Federation of Teachers claims the Jefferson Parish School Board has breached individual contracts with parish school employees by failing to maintain teachers' level of benefits.

In a news release Tuesday, the union says the Jefferson board reduced agreed-upon levels of dental, vision and life insurance benefits. The union also claims the board reduced guaranteed money for teacher benefits, reduced time promised for planning and denied payment that was due to some teachers for accrued sick leave.

The union has filed a lawsuit outlining those claims in 24th Judicial District Court. Twelve teachers also were listed as plaintiffs in that lawsuit. The board did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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