Union proposes 3.5-percent salary hike for school employees
BY BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Employees of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District, covered by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) union contract, are asking for a 3.5-percent across-the-board salary increase.
School district employees covered by the contract include custodians and maintenance personnel and teacher associates (para-professionals), Mt. Pleasant Superintendent John Henriksen said.
The salary increase proposed by Local 3865 of AFSCME is for each year of the contract (should the contract run longer than one year).
AFSCME’s only other proposal concerned step advancement (longevity). The union asked that each eligible employee on the salary schedule be granted one vertical step on the schedule for the 2017-18 school year. If a multi-year contract is negotiated this year, AFSCME proposed an addition of a vertical step each year of the contract.
The school district also submitted its initial proposal. In its proposal the district said it would like to open the wages, insurance and duration (length of contract) articles.
Henriksen said the district could not at this time respond to AFSCME’s wage increase. However, he added the district would respond to salary increases once additional financial information is available, including state supplemental aid and potential health insurance premium changes.
Neither side’s initial bargaining proposal included any changes in language articles.
Local 3865 did not cost out its initial proposal.
All remaining negotiations meetings will be in closed session.