School District 308, Teachers, Support Staff Reach New Contract Deals
Oct 14, 2015 06:22AM
● By Steven Jack
School District 308 teachers and support staff are set to receive pay increases after the approval of the latest union contracts.
The School Board unanimously approved contracts between the Oswego Education Association and the Oswego Education Support Professional Association Monday night. The OEA contract was approved by 87 percent of educators, and the OESPA contract was approved by 95 percent of professional support staff.
The four-year OEA contract provides teachers and other professional personnel with an annual average raise of 3 percent that includes step and base increases. The step and base increases are included in the 3 percent raises.
“The OEA is pleased to have reached an agreement that acknowledges the hard work, dedication and professionalism of teachers in the District,” said OEA Co-Presidents Andrew Gothelf and Elizabeth Palatine in a joint statement. “It took a lot of work and many discussions on several issues for both parties to come together for this agreement. Most importantly, the final product is one that we believe will help us continue to attract and retain great teachers.”
Support staff will see $1 per hour raise in the first two years of their five-year agreement and 50 cents per hour in the final three years.
Kristin Odum, OESPA President, said the increases will have a signficant impact for union members.
“We are grateful for this new contract that will change the lives of 317 families in meaningful and profound ways.” she said. “We look forward to working together in the important work we are called to do, including caring for and helping to educate the students entrusted to us.”
School Board President Matt Bauman said he feels the contracts are ones that “everyone can be happy about.”
“(The contracts) balance the needs of everyone involved,” he said.
Superintendent Matthew Wendt said he feels the contracts “correctly provides salary, hourly and other increases to members of these two Associations.”
“Our teachers do a tremendous job of educating students and our support staff members are some of the best people I have ever been associated with in my career,” Wendt said.