Many school boards around the state are attempting to renegotiate current contracts or negotiate new ones with their local teachers unions to contain costs. Here's a brief recap of some of the new contracts agreed to recently.
The teachers union has signed on to a new one-year extension of its collective bargaining contract with the district. Salaries will increase across-the-board by 1.25 percent in the next school year, after going up 2.5 percent this year. On top of these pay hikes, individual teachers will also get annual “step” raises averaging 4 to 5 percent. The average salary in the district in 2009 was $59,410.
Covered employees will continue to contribute nothing toward the cost of their health insurance benefit premiums. Family plan premiums cost the district $15,279 per teacher in 2009, 48 percent more than average cost in the private sector. Teachers electing not to enroll in the district’s health insurance because they are covered under a spouse’s policy get an extra $250 per month plus the same dental, vision and life insurance as those who do take the health coverage. In both cases, these additional benefits are paid entirely by the district.
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will contribute $200 this school year and $400 next school year toward the cost
of family plan health insurance premiums. Under the previous contract, teachers had
contributed nothing. (The average contribution required from a private-sector employee
for this type of coverage in
Teachers electing not to enroll in the district’s health insurance because they are covered under a spouse’s policy get an extra $50 per month, plus the same dental, vision, long-term disability and life insurance as those who do take the health coverage. In both cases, these additional benefits are paid entirely by the district. (However, if more than six teachers opt out, they will each get $200 per month and if 10 or more opt out, they all get $300 per month.)
union has signed on to a new four-year contract that includes a 0.5
percent across-the-board pay raise for this school year. All teachers had been
given 2.5 percent raises each year under the previous contract, which expired in 2009. The
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the new union contract, teachers will have higher deductible and office co-pays
on their health insurance benefits. The previous plan included no deductibles and a $5
office co-pay. Teachers currently pay $600 per year toward the premiums on
this coverage, and that amount does not appear to change under the new
contract. (The average contribution required from a private-sector employee for this type of coverage in