BATH TWP.: A new contract approved by the Revere school board has also resolved a labor dispute with its teachers.
The board adopted the three-year contract on Thursday that resolved a grievance filed by the Revere Education Association union in August and an unfair labor charge filed in October. The two sides had been fighting over whether a labor agreement between the two was still in effect.
The new contract includes a base salary freeze for three years with a stipend payment of $1,000 for certificated employees and $700 for support staff. It also calls for STEP increases in the second and third years of the contract and expands the district’s wellness program.
The new contract requires that the teachers and staff pay a larger percentage of their health-care costs and raises deductibles.
Paul Fisher, REA president, said the percentage paid by teachers on health-care premiums goes up each year as do the deductibles.
As of July 2012, health-care premium contributions will rise to 7 percent of premium expenses for certificated employees and 3.5 percent for others. In 2013, those premium percentages will rise to 8.5 percent and 4.75 percent topping out at 10 percent and 5 percent in the final year of the contract.
The deductible for the district’s insurance plan will be $700 for singles and $1,400 for a family as of Jan. 1, 2013, with credits to be earned through the wellness program for years 2013 and 2014.
“The wellness package is incentive based and participants can lower their deductibles and be healthier at the same time,” Fisher said.
Board President Claudia Hower praised the union for its willingness to help the district navigate through some tough economic times.
“Four years with zero percent increase on base salary show how much they are dedicated to the district,” she said.
The grievance and unfair labor practice charge dealt with last year’s contract. In July, the school board implemented a three-year agreement they had previously asked the union to rescind. The board contended that there was no evidence the union had rescinded the agreement.
The board insisted that without evidence of the union killing the deal, it became effective after 30 days. The union insisted it had rescinded the agreement and that the old contract was to remain in effect through June of this year.
“REA is pleased to resolve this issue,” said Fisher. “We are looking forward to three more years of educating the children of Revere Schools and being fairly compensated for it.”