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Janesville School Board could OK union contract

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
February 21, 2011
— The Janesville School Board appears ready to approve a work contract that ran out more than 18 months ago.

The board Tuesday is scheduled to approve a tentative agreement with a union that represents 178 full- and part-time workers who clean, repair and maintain the schools and prepare school breakfasts and lunches.


The agreement with AFSCME Local 938 mirrors the Janesville teachers contract, which also is a four-year deal and calls for no wage increase for 2009-10.


The AFSCME workers would get 2 percent increases in each cell of their salary schedule this year and the two years after that.


The contract runs through June 2013 and, like the teachers contract, would protect workers from the effects of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill.


The bill, which has yet to be voted on, would require workers to contribute half of their pension payments and allow the district to dictate how much workers would contribute for their health-insurance premiums.


The agreement calls for the district to pay all of the workers' pension contributions and for workers to pay 8 percent of their health, drug and dental insurance premiums, but that would be reduced to 3 percent if they participate in the district wellness program.


Walker's bill would strip the right to negotiate for working conditions, benefits or anything else except wages.


The tentative agreement includes a number of changes, including time-and-a-half wages for working on a non-scheduled workday and a $1 per-hour pay increase for snow removal.


Parents and step-parents are added to the family leave provision, which already includes children and spouses.


The district continues to negotiate with another unit of AFSCME Local 938. That unit represents 351 full- and part-time secretaries, clerks and aides. This contract expired June 20, 2010.


IF YOU GO

The Janesville School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Educational Services Center, 527 S. Franklin St.


Members of the public are generally given no more than three minutes to address the board.


Tuesday's agenda includes:


-- A presentation on teacher staffing related to teacher-student ratios and to middle and high school course selections for 2011-12.


-- An update and possible action related to the 2011-12 budget process.


-- An update on agreements with "non-represented" employees, which includes administrators, therapy assistants, social workers, kitchen managers and others.



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