The Upper St. Clair School District and the union representing about 180 employees have agreed on a three-year collective bargaining agreement. The school board voted 8-0 on Monday night to approve the contract.
The Upper St. Clair Special Service Federation represents custodians, maintenance workers, mechanics, secretaries, aides and nutrition center employees. The union members voted to approve the agreement on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Details of the contract include a wage freeze in the 2012-13 school year and increases in 2013-14 and 2014-15 of 20 cents per hour for all members except teacher aides who will receive increases of $.25 per hour in each of the two years. This represents an average annual wage increase of about 1 percent in years two and three for all members, according to Superintendent Patrick O'Toole.
The new agreement also establishes that employees will pay a portion of the premium for health insurance. The employee contribution is 4 to 5 percent of the cost of the entire premium beginning Jan. 1, 2013. The employee contribution will increase to 5 to 6 percent in 2014. The percents are based on salary.
The language changes in the new contract provide the district with greater flexibility in the selection, scheduling and assignment of employees in order to meet the district's staffing needs, according to O'Toole.
"We are very pleased with our agreement, given the present economic challeges the district faces. The employees represented by USCSSF are critical to our mission at USC," O'Toole stated.
School board member Harry Kunselman wasn't able to attend Monday's meeting and therefore did not vote.
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