UTD / Miami-Dade School Board Reach Contract Agreement Move Forward with Salary Increase and Health Benefits
UTD / Miami-Dade School Board Reach Contract Agreement
Move Forward with Salary Increase and Health Benefits
Miami, FL – UTD President, Karen Aronowitz and her 28 member bargaining team signed off today on a tentative agreement that would provide salary increases while maintaining health care for employees. “Our teachers and education support professionals have made Miami-Dade public schools the premiere district in the nation. Today we reached a contractual agreement with the district that moves us forward,” said Aronowitz.
“Now that President Barrack Obama has been re-elected, it is time for our country to come together and move forward as well. We think that this agreement is a sign that our economy is headed in the right direction.”
Other items agreed to items included:
• One step for teachers
• $40,000 starting salary for teachers
• $1,000 salary improvement at the top of the salary schedule making the top step worth $69,225
• 2.25% across the board increase for school support personnel (Paraprofessionals, Clerical and Security)
• All improvements to salary above effective December 21st (reflected on January 11 paycheck)
• Maintained Employer paid free option for employee only coverage
• Provided option for employees on OAP10 who pay for dependents to save money by switching to OAP20
• Reduced Co-pays by $20 for Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapies
• Maintained maximum out-of-pocket at 2012 levels
• Certain plan design and dependent premium changes were agreed to in return for the above
Future Salary and Health Care Re-openers
• The Agreement is for 3 years, with re-openers each year.
• UTD demanded and the parties agreed to return to the table in February 2013 to discuss salary and future steps, as well as insurance, for the next year.
“Our contract will now go before our bargaining unit for their vote. A vote for this contract would move our teachers and ESPs to higher pay and an open enrollment for insurance that is on schedule.” A tentative date for the ratification vote was set for November 19th. The School Board would then have to ratify the agreement on November 21st.