New London teachers seek $2,000 increase in base teacher salary
By MEGAN COOPER
Mt. Pleasant News
NEW LONDON — The New London Education Association (NLEA) would like see a $2,000 increase to the base salary for 2014-2015.
The NLEA presented its suggestion to the board during a special meeting on Feb. 26 in the north campus conference room at New London Community School District (NLCSD).
The proposed increase in compensation would be 7.11 percent. Currently, the base salary is $30,260.
According to the NLEA, they will be working with the state-mandated single salary schedule and will be negotiating a 190-day contract.
The proposal also stated that any additional TSS monies not paid out during the 2013-2014 school year will be paid to employees in June of 2014.
The district will pay all insurance fees that begin Jan. 1, 2014 (these fees were not part of the proposal).
During a special meeting on March 5, Superintendent of Schools Steve McAllister presented the board’s counter bargaining proposal to the NLEA.
The NLCSD board of education proposes a total salary package increase of 3.25 percent for the 2014-2015 master contract. The proposed increase in compensation will be used solely for an increase in salaries, as FICA, IPERS and insurance premiums remain relatively the same.
According to the proposal, the district will be working with the state-mandated single salary schedule that incorporates TSS and the negotiated salary schedule. The board of education proposes to negotiate from the generator base. The agreed upon generator base on the salary schedule is $27,563.
In order to determine what the 3.25 percent increase would look like, board secretary Jessica Boyer said, “we have to decide if we are going to negotiate from the generator base or the combined salary schedule.”
The board of education also asked to strike the following language from the master contract: The association and the board agree to deduct $16,507 annually from the teacher salary supplement allocation based on the 2010-2011-salary settlement. These monies will be used to fund one-half of the deficit created by the elimination of Phase I and are considered part of the base for as long as teacher salary supplement funds exist.
Wellmark/Blue Cross has absorbed the transitional reinsurance program fee and insurer fees, said school officials.