District Approves Support Staff Union Contract

The Parkland School District Board of School Directors and the Parkland Education Support Professionals Association (PESPA) reached a 3-year contract agreement when the Parkland School Board approved a new contract on July 16, 2013, which the District’s support union ratified on Monday, July 15, 2013.  The agreement represents the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.  PESPA includes approximately 600 Parkland support staff, including bus drivers, hall monitors, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, custodial, maintenance, cafeteria, secretarial, and other part-time support staff.

The contract requires support staff to take a pay freeze for the 2013-14 school year.  This follows a pay freeze that administrators took in 2011-12 and teachers and guidance counselors took for the 2012-13 school year.   Medical benefits will remain frozen for the 2013-14 school year for all support staff.  In the subsequent two years, the support staff will receive a net salary increase of approximately 2.5% each year.   During 2014-15, support staff will begin paying $10/pay for health benefits in the PPO plan for single coverage and $20/pay for family coverage.  This is a change from previous years in that support staff have never contributed towards health benefits.  In 2015-16, employees will pay $15 per pay for single coverage and $30 per pay for family coverage. The contributions mirror the teacher’s union contract that was ratified one year ago.  Teachers in the 2013-14 school year will pay $15 per pay for single coverage and $30 per pay for family coverage.  Members who are enrolled in the Classic Blue Indemnity Plan will continue to pay $62 per month for Single coverage and $224 per month for family coverage. Employees are paid on a bi-weekly basis.

Board President Mrs. Jayne Bartlett stated, “I believe I speak for the Parkland community when I say that I am extremely pleased that we have a new 3-year contract with our support personnel, a valued part of our educational team.  With this contract, we have a long term collaborative commitment with all of our personnel.”

Mr. Richard T. Sniscak, Superintendent, stated, “Both parties conducted themselves in a professional collaborative manner throughout these negotiations. I believe the end result is a fair contract that is fiscally responsible, while rewarding our employees properly for their skills and dedication to the important and varied roles they play in school district operations.”

Brian Everett, President of the PESPA stated, “We believe this contract is a positive step for the 33 distinct job groups that we represent.”