Re: The comment posted earlier in this thread stating "Wrong Info said...Just wanted to point out some wrong information in your article, Bill. The teachers absolutely did not receive a 7.5 % raise during the life of the last contract, because we were FROZEN on the same step for the entire life of the contract. No one moved up any steps, so a teacher who's in their 4th year of teaching this year, is still on Step 1. Each year we also had to pay more for our health & pension benefits, so it was a decrease in pay for some teachers.
According to School Administrator Margaret McDonnell, that comment is wrong. She provided the following information today when she was asked if the contract was frozen. She also provided a copy of the contract signed October 30, 2013, which is also below.
Memorandum of Understanding between GCBOE and GCEA for 7/1/13 – 6/30/16 Teachers Contract agreeing, among other things, to salary increases of :
2.5% effective 7/1/13;
2.5% effective 7/1/14; and
2.5% effective 7/1/15.
- Salary Guides for the duration of the contract –
7/1/13 to 1/31/14 [previous contract rates during negotiations]
2/1/14 to 6/30/15 [settled contract: step +5% (2.5 for six months to 6/30/14; +2.5% to 6/30/15)]
7/1/15 to 6/30/16 [no step +2.5%]
Below is a copy of the agreement that was signed.
William E. Cleary Sr.
GLOUCESTER CITY NJ January 6, 2016 (CNBNewsnet)—Members of the Gloucester City Education Association GCEA) have been working without a contract since June 30, 2016. The union represents 219 teachers and 69 paraprofessionals, according to Margaret M. McDonnell, Business Administrator/Board Secretary.
McDonnell said the previous three-year agreement union members received a total raise of 7.5 percent or 2.5 percent each year for the life of the contract.
Presently teachers salaries range from a low of $50,891 BA Step 1; to a high of $90,818 MA +60 credits Step 15. (see scale below)
Because of a bypass, the matter has gone to arbitration. The last time the two sides met was Thursday, December 15.
McDonnell was asked to explain the problem. Was the union demanding extra benefits or an increase in salary? Did the board want the employees to work a longer day? Or was it all of the above?
Our specific questions went unanswered.
McDonnell said, “The Board of Education is awaiting a response from the GCEA Negotiating team to its last proposal. At the last negotiations meeting, held the evening of December 15 the GCEA Negotiating team provided a proposal to the Board of Education Negotiating team through mediators. The Board of Education team responded with a proposal to the GCEA negotiating team after which the GCEA negotiating team left for the evening without providing a response or a counter proposal to the Board of Education proposal.”
CNBNews reached out to the union on Thursday for their side of the story. As of today, there has been no response to our questions.
The Board held its annual reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 4. At that meeting, the Board approved paying bills for the month of December totaling $4,099,797. Of that amount $3,943,914 was for employee salaries. (see figure below)
At the same meeting, the Board approved the meeting dates for the upcoming year.
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