Union contract OK'd
The school board Tuesday approved the contract, which covers July 1, 2008, through June 30, 2010.
The pay increase is 3 percent per cell of the salary schedule this year and again next year.
The contract changes the salary schedule itself. The schedule had given automatic raises at various points in time for the first 12 years of employment. Now, three new steps—at 180, 240 and 300 months—extend the schedule to 25 years.
A tentative agreement was reached after two meetings with a mediator, according to a district memo. Local 938 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ratified the contract March 3 by a vote of 53 to 3.
The union comprises 367 workers, most of them part-timers, said Angel Tullar, district manager of employee relations.
Fifty-six of those workers qualify for health insurance. The new contract puts them on the same health plan as the district's custodial workers, starting July 1, 2009. They now will pay 8 percent of their premium-equivalents, or 3 percent if they join the district wellness plan.