District 113A Board, staff agree on contract

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 11:35 a.m. CDT

LEMONT – Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A has reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement with its teacher and support staff unions, according to a news release from the district.

Superintendent Susan Birkenmaier said the teachers ratified the contract during a Sept. 26 vote.

The Board of Education approved the contract by a 5-2 vote during its Oct. 2 meeting.

The teachers' contract expired at the end of June, and the district and teacher's union had been negotiating a new contract since then.

According to the release, the teachers will receive a two percent pay increase this school year, as well as an additional two percent pay increase as a result of changes to contributions to their health care plan. The support staff will receive a two and three percent increase.

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Key facts from the staff contracts

• Employees increase their contributions toward health insurance premiums.
• After a two-year pay freeze, teachers and support staff will receive a two percent increase for the 2013-14 school year.
• Teachers will receive an additional two percent increase generated by savings from the new health care plan. Support staff will receive a three percent increase.
• For the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years, employees will receive a minimum two percent and a maximum four percent raise each year. The minimum is a result of the health care savings, with additional increases tied to district revenue.
• Retirement incentives for teacher retirees are reduced and incentives for teachers whose retirement results in a penalty for the Board are eliminated

"We're very comfortable in feeling we can afford to give the raise this year," said Board President Cindy Kelly.

Board member Mike Aurelio, who, along with Brian Bushnell, voted against the contract, said the contract gave the unions more than the district can afford without cutting into school programs.

"I cannot support a contract that spends more on a relative basis than what we take in," he said.

Kelly said the union made several concessions in exchange for receiving the raise.

"There is a pay increase, but the teacher's union and the support staff union are being very generous with us," she said.

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