Twinsburg Board of Education and Auxiliary Staff Association agree to a two-year contract
The Twinsburg School District Board of Education and its classified employee union, the Twinsburg Support Staff Association (TSSA), have agreed to a new two-year contract.
The new collective bargaining agreement was approved at Wednesday’s board meeting after discussions with TSSA representatives and the county’s negotiating team. The new agreement will be valid from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024.
“I want to thank the negotiation team from both TSSA and the administration. Our employees’ commitment to students and the district is unwavering,” Twinsburg Board of Education President Rob Felber said in a statement. The Board of Education recognizes that even in a less favorable economic climate, we were able to secure a fair and fiducially responsible contract.”
Here are the highlights of the new agreement:
- The agreement includes a retroactive 3% increase from 1 July 2022 and a 2% increase from 1 July 2023 to the base salary component for each of the next two years;
- The agreement includes significant changes in the indicators of tariff scales, which include changes at certain stages;
- The pay index has been changed to include the addition of step 27 to each pay schedule;
- Beginning in the 2023-2024 school year, there will be two (instead of three) categories of board and employee contributions to health insurance premiums: employees who work 30 hours or more and employees who work 25 hours or more but less than 30 hours. In the 2023-2024 school year, employees working 30 or more hours per week will pay a 14% surcharge;
- The agreement includes a new seniority stipend for employees who have served in the district for more than 10 years; And
- Changed language in a number of areas including:
- work schedules;
- overtime and construction inspections;
- adding June 10 as paid leave for 11- and 12-month-old employees and others working after June 18 of the school year;
- sick leave and leave for personal reasons;
- adding parental leave language;
- bus routes; And
- retirement and retirement
TSSA members approved the contract during a January 30 vote.
“It was a long and difficult process, but ultimately we were able to work together to reach an agreement that satisfies both parties,” said Twinsburg Support Staff Association President Larry Sanders when the ratification agreement was announced. “The TSSA members work closely with the children we all serve and are thrilled that we were able to reach an agreement without the need for disruption to district services.”
Superintendent Katherine Powers said: “The Council Negotiation Team and the TSSA Negotiating Team have been hard at work since April 2022 to reach an agreement that shared a common goal: a contract that is fair to everyone – our covert officers, the county, the community. and our taxpayers. Our collegiate conversations eventually enabled us to achieve this goal.
“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with the members of our secret alliance as we work together to support students in the Twinsburg School District.”
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