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4/6/2013 Email this articlePrint this article 
Northeast, Northeast Community Education Association in contract negotiations

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Northeast Community School District is in negotiations with the Northeast Community Education Association (NCEA) on a contract for the 2013/14 school year.

The teachers' union presented its initial contract proposal to the school district Jan. 31, and the district issued its initial response Feb. 8.

The teachers' union is proposing increasing the base salary by $2,300, from $29,669.05 to $31,999.05 per year, a 7.7 percent salary increase.

The NCEA also is proposing to keep the employee contribution to family health insurance plans at the current rate of $125 per month, which would result in an overall package increase of 7.9 percent.

The union says the increase in the base salary would cost the district $265,096.96. Including associated increases in extended contract days and pay for supplemental duties, the total cost to the district of the package increase would be $330,673.12.

In addition to the salary increase, the NCEA is proposing new contract language to establish an employee peer review process and to require teachers to participate in at least 36 hours of teacher-driven collaboration time annually.

The union proposal also asks for unused sick days above 30 days to be converted to compensation of $50 per day at the employee's request, to allow employees with more than 120 unused sick days to exchange up to 15 sick days for three personal days and to allow an employee to be compensated $50 per day for any unused sick leave at retirement.

District response to union proposal

In its response, the district is proposing no change in the salary schedule, a freeze on vertical step movement in the 2013/14 contract and an increase in the employee contribution for a family health plan from $125 to $250 per month.

Other changes would shorten the winter break from a guaranteed 13 days to 12 days and would remove language stating the vacation schedule will be developed with input from the NCEA.

Another change would limit new employees from accumulating more than 90 sick days.

The district and the NCEA are continuing contract negotiations in closed session.

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