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School district, union work out contract

On Dec. 20, the North Clackamas School Board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Oregon School Employees Association local chapter, which represents classified employees such as secretaries, school bus drivers, custodians, food service, instructional assistants and maintenance.

Earlier this month, union members passed the tentative agreement 293 to 35, a reversal of their opposition to an earlier proposal.

Depending on their salary “step” level, they will receive a 3 to 5 percent pay increase retroactive to July 1. Medical insurance premiums will remain the same, although the district is offering a $100 monthly stipend for switching to Kaiser. A new “Sick Leave Bank” allows employees to help each other remain covered by benefits.

In July, 71.5 percent of the union’s 415 voting members opposed a tentative agreement with the North Clackamas School District. Employees had been unhappy with the compensation packages on the negotiating table.

“I’m just more than excited to have that MOU accepted by the membership, and it just shows how our dedication to collaboration has helped us sit down and talk about how we’re all so dedicated to the kids in our district,” said School Board Chairman Rein Vaga.

In May, leaders credited collaborative approaches to bargaining with helping NCSD reach a tentative labor agreement with the North Clackamas Education Association, which represents teachers and other licensed staff.

Licensed employees’ contract through 2014 was ratified in June, as expected. But OSEA’s agreement with the district expired on July 1, so negotiations continued until after the start of school in September. But classified workers continued to receive compensation based on last year’s agreement.

Next, OSEA and district officials will begin working out a full collective bargaining agreement that will expire on June 30, 2013.




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