High School District 211 Board of Education and Teachers’ Union Ratify Four-Year Contract Agreement

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District 211 logoAt its regular meeting, the Township High School District 211 Board of Education ratified a four-year contract agreement with the District 211 Teachers’ Union.  The contract achieves a multi-year settlement that will sustain the Board’s long-term fiscal plan supporting the District’s instructional, co-curricular, and operational needs while continuing to build on the commitment to contain controllable expenditures relative to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  In late August, the Teachers’ Union voted to ratify the contract.

“This agreement is the result of a negotiation process that demonstrated the pledge on behalf of both the Board of Education and the Union to sustain the District’s quality educational programming while also honoring our commitment to operate the District with fiscal prudence and responsibility,” commented Superintendent Daniel Cates.  “Both sides worked together with a dual mission of positioning the District to continue delivering educational excellence to our students while also upholding our financial commitments to the communities we serve, and we are both proud of the resulting contract.  Because we were able to work together and accomplish this agreement, we have been able to dedicate our entire focus to our instructional priorities without any distractions and we have had a great start to the school year.”

 

Main Contract Provisions for Teachers’ Union Agreement

• The term of the contract will be effective from July 2014 through June 2018.

• The terms of the contract provide for a 0% increase on the base-salary for the 2014-2015 school year.  Base-salary increases for the remaining three years of the contract will be based on the CPI, with the subsequent years of increases starting at 0.2%, moving to 0.25% and ending at  0.4% for the final year of the contract.  Also established in the contract are salaries for coaches, activity sponsors, department chairs, and teacher assistants.  The new contract keeps High School District 211 competitive with teacher salaries in other area school districts, allowing the District to recruit and retain highly-qualified teachers.

• Due to the implementation of the Federal government’s Affordable Care Act, the contract provides for restructured health insurance options, effective January 1, 2015.  Employees will select from PPO, HSA, or HMO plans, with built-in wellness incentives.

• The contract also provides for a re-opening clause should changes in retirement/pension legislation be enacted.

 

At the meeting, the Board also ratified a contract agreement with the District 211 United Support Staff Union.  Similar to the teacher contract, the support staff contract is a four-year contract with expenditures controlled relative to an increase in the CPI.  Members of the United Support Staff Union voted to ratify the contract in late August.

“Our support staff plays an integral role in the delivery of the services we provide to our students, parents, and staff,” commented Superintendent Cates.  “This joint agreement, combined with the Teachers’ Union contract, provides four more years of stability relative to our instructional programs, financial responsibility and operational quality.”

 

Main Contract Provisions for United Support Staff Agreement

• The term of the contract will be effective from July 2014 through June 2018.

• The terms of the contract provide for a 1.0% increase on the base-salary for the 2014-2015 school year, with a 0.5% lump sum for all members.  The second year of the contract (2015-2016) provides for a 1.3% increase on the base-salary.  Base-salary increases for the remaining two years of the contract will be based on the CPI, with each year providing for increases of 50% of CPI and a minimum of 1.0%.

• Due to the implementation of the Federal government’s Affordable Care Act, the contract provides for restructured health insurance options, effective January 1, 2015.  Employees will select from PPO, HSA, or HMO plans, with built-in wellness incentives.

• Unit members eligible for retirement may elect to receive a retirement incentive, provided that employee does not continue in the District’s health insurance program after retirement.

 

Formal signing dates for both the Teachers’ Union contract and the United Support Staff Union contract will be announced at a later time.