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BOE, Local Unions Ratify New Contracts

BOE, Local Unions Ratify New Contracts

The Board of Education recently approved contracts with unions representing custodians and secretarial and technology staff.

The Board voted on Thursday, Oct. 17, to accept both four-year contracts — one with UPSEU Local 242 Unit 19, which represents custodial and maintenance employees, and the other with Cheshire Educational Secretaries and Technicians United. Both were recently ratified by union members.

Each agreement is retroactive to July 1 and expire on June 30, 2023.

No representatives from either union addressed the board at the meeting.  The School District’s Chief Operating Officer Vincent Masciana gave an overview of the contracts.

Masciana said negotiations with the custodians union, which represents 24 employees, began last May. Both sides reached a tentative agreement in July. The union ratified the contract last month.

Masciana said there were four negotiation sessions.

Board members asked about the contracts' financial impact and whether they included any employee salary step increases and changes in the Board's contributions toward pensions.

Unlike other collective bargaining units, the custodians contract does not include step increases, Masciana said.

The custodial union contract includes general wage increases for each of its four years. In the first year of the contract, that wage increase is 2.5 percent, retroactive to July 1, Masciana said.

The following year, wages increase 2.626 percent The pay hike is 2.75 percent for each of the next two years.

The contract with the secretaries and technicians union, meanwhile, does include five step increases, Masciana said.

He noted the incremental increases, 2.5 percent were not changed.

More than two-thirds of those union members have worked in the District at least five years, meaning they've already reached their highest steps, Masciana explained.

The teachers and administrators union contracts both expire June 30, 2021. The District had reached an agreement with the union representing instructional assistants and teacher assistants earlier this year.  


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