BATH TWP.: The Revere school board has reached a new contract with one of its unions.
The board signed off on the pact with the 80- employee Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local No. 228 on Tuesday.
The union represents employees in such areas as food service, maintenance, transportation and custodial work.
The three-year contract includes a salary freeze for the first year with a $250 stipend paid to each covered employee in the last pay of January 2013. There will be no base wage increases in the second and third years of the contract, but employees will receive a $700 stipend for each of the last two years of the contract.
The terms mirror the contract the school board reached in June with the Revere Education Association, said Superintendent Randy Boroff.
“This is a positive agreement that meets the needs of all the parties,” Boroff said. “We are grateful to our employees for their willingness to look at the big picture and our desire to control costs to extend the levy cycle.”
The contract calls for the district to expand its wellness program, while employees will pay more for their health-care premiums.
Employees will now contribute 3.5 percent of the total expense. In July, the percentages will rise to 4.75 and in 2014, they will contribute 6 percent of the premium. The deductible for the insurance plan will be $700 for singles and $1,400 for a family. Starting in January, employees can earn credits to lower their deductibles by participating in wellness programs.
“We are proud of all our employees, who have been willing to work with us on agreements like this,” said board President Claudia Hower.