Teacher Contract Negotiation Update for February 9, 2009
On Monday, February 9, the Medford School District met with the Medford Education Association in the first mediation session regarding negotiations. The session was productive and resulted in considerable progress toward resolving the teacher contract.
The 12 hour session focused on salary, insurance, and early retirement issues. The district offered a contract proposal that takes into account what it currently knows about the state revenue shortfall. The proposal included:
· 2.5% salary increase, an amount budgeted for the 2008-09 school year that is consistent with other employee groups.
o The proposal included a provision to reopen the contract for the following two contract years after the legislative sessions.
· Fully pay for employee’s insurance premium and 90% of dependant premium costs
· Transition toward a defined contribution plan that is financially more sustainable than the current early retirement plan.
Coupled with this proposal was a memorandum of agreement requesting a reduction of up to 18 contract days this school year. This would provide the district with the necessary flexibility to respond to the deepening state revenue crisis.
The association responded with a similar proposal but added certainty language around salary as well as a minimum 1% salary increase for years two and three of the contract. The association included slight changes to the district’s insurance and defined contribution plans. The district has yet to calculate the cost of this proposal.
The district and the teachers association agreed to meet in another mediation session March 5th following the release of the official March State Revenue Forecast, whereupon the district will have a clearer understanding of the state revenue shortfall.
For questions regarding the licensed contract negotiations, please contact Todd Bloomquist at 842-3625.
For more information about the licensed negotiations, click here.