Board, union OK teacher contract

After more than two years of negotiations and an impasse, the Northville Teachers Association and sc

After more than two years of negotiations and an impasse, the Northville Teachers Association and school board have approved a five-year contract retroactive to the 2006-07 school year.

Following ratification by the 55-member NTA, the school board approved the agreement at its June 11 meeting.

Superintendent Kathy Dougherty said the contract offers raises, not including the automatic step increases on the union’s 23-step experience ladder, of 2 percent in the first year and then 2.2 percent, 2.6 percent, 2.4 percent and another 2.4 percent in the final year, 2010-11.

Dougherty said the step raises average about 2 percent per year, which added to the negotiated increases in the new contract provides pay hikes ranging from 4 percent to 4.6 percent over the five years.

Dougherty said the teachers’ union will continue to contribute 10 percent of health insurance premiums.

As with most contract negotiations, Dougherty said, these talks focused on salaries and health insurance contributions.

Though the teachers’ union had declared an impasse last year, the two sides regrouped before resorting to having the Public Employment Relations Board appoint a mediator.

Dougherty, who was hired last summer, said the two sides began making progress last fall.

Under terms of the new contract, when school opens in September, a first-step teacher with a master’s degree will be paid $35,434.

A teacher on the 23rd step will make $70,954 in 2008-09.

The NTA’s chief negotiator, Anne Henek, said in a news release that the union is pleased to end “this nearly three-year process on a positive note,” and looks “forward to ‘business as usual’ at Northville Central School.”

School Board President Ronald Pintuff said in the same relase that the contract will benefit both sides and he remarked on the cordiality displayed by both parties during the bargaining.

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