The SEIU Local 284 Foodworkers strike against ISD 200 has officially come to a close. According to information released by ISD 200 Superintendent Dr. Robert McDowell, on Wednesday evening the Hastings School Board met and approved both the Tentative Food Service Agreement and Strike Settlement Agreement. The terms of the Agreement are essentially the same as those provided to the Union in the District’s Last, Best and Final Offer, prior to the strike, which included a 2.1% increase to the salary schedule, elimination of steps 3, 4, and 5 of the salary schedule, the District’s contribution toward health and dental insurance remaining the same, an hourly rate for payout of unused sick and essential leave increased from $14.50 to $16.50 per hour, and an increase in the District contribution toward the purchase of footwear from $125 to $150 per year. According to McDowell, this one year agreement is consistent with the previously approved one year agreement with the Paraprofessional Employee group and includes a one time lump sum payment of $800 for eligible employees. As noted in the Strike Settlement Agreement, Food Service workers returned to work on Thursday, March 30th.