After a four day strike, two negotiation sessions and two special meetings, both the Burlington School Board and the Burlington Education Association have ratified a two-year contract agreement.
Ratification by both groups makes the settlement official.
The school board voted unanimously to ratify contracts. BEA President Frank Brock says around 96 percent of teachers voted to ratify the agreement.
“I know the teacher’s strike was stressful and all were anxious, but sometimes it takes a radical action to move us all forward,” said Brock.
The board and teachers union both agree, healing may be the next step. “
This was a very difficult process. There are some relationships that need to be rebuilt as a result of this,” said Stephanie Seguino, the chief negotiator for the school board.
Brock says neither side got everything it wanted, but thinks teachers are “walking away with enough to make us feel like we’ve had success.”
The two-year contract is retroactive to September 1, and includes the following provisions, according to the Board:
- 2.5% in year 1
- 2.75% in year 2
- District pays 81% in year 1/employee pays 19% (effective 1/1/2018)
- District pays 80% in year 2/employee pays 20% (effective 9/1/2019)
Out of Pocket Limits:
- $400 maximum exposure for those on single coverage
- $800 maximum exposure for those on 2 person or family coverage
- High school – Additional focused teacher time devoted to closing the achievement gap and reducing high school dropout rate.
- Elementary schools – Duties (lunch, recess, door) limited to more than three per week to accommodate grade level planning to close the achievement gap.