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Raises of 1.5 to 2.5 percent in New Contracts for School District Faculty and Staff

New three-year contracts have been signed and sealed for much of the faculty and staff in the Mendon Upton Regional School District announced school officials during a September 11 School Committee Meeting.

"We are excited to announce that all five of our MOA (memorandum of agreement) contracts have been approved," said School Committee Chairperson Tanna Jango.

The new contract extensions are with the Mendon-Upton Teachers Association (MURTA), the Custodians Association, Food Service Workers Association, Paraprofessionals/ABA Techs Association and Administrative Assistants Association, and are for fiscal year 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The new contract for the teachers includes cost of living increases of 2.1 percent in year one, 2.15 percent in year two, and 2.25 percent in year three. The contract also includes the addition of a second parent/teacher conference in March. There is a new Masters-Plus-60 step for advanced-degree teachers.

Paraprofessionals/ABA Techs will receive cost of living increases of 2 percent in year one, 2.3 percent in year two, and 2.5 percent in year three. There was also a creation of a new step system and new language around the 90-day probationary period.

Custodians will receive cost of living increases of 2 percent in year one and two, and 2.25 percent in year three. They will also receive a $50 increase in clothing allowance annually.

Food Service workers will receive cost of living increases of 1.5 percent over the next three years and an increase of $50 for their clothing allowance annually. There is also the creation of a new step system for workers hired after July 2017. "One that is more commensurate with the market wages," said Jango.

Administrative Assistants in the district will receive cost of living increases of 2 percent in year one, and 2.25 percent in years two and three. There was also the creation of a top step at 21 years, and a "slight" reconfiguration of the step.

"I want to thank the negotiations subcommittee for the work that they did – Phil De Zutter, Diane Duncan, Sean Nicholson, [Upton Selectman] Bob Fleming, Maureen Cohen, Jay Byer," said Jango, who served on the subcommittee herself as well. "The work was time consuming – it began back in January. It was a long year but it was good year and a lot of great things came out of it."

"Thank you to the members of the unions for working with us in a very constructive way," she said.




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