Northwestern Consolidated Reaches Agreement-in-Principle with CBA; The average increase in basic salary would be higher than the rate of inflation | New
Northwestern Consolidated Schools and the teachers’ association have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement that could be ratified on Thursday.
During Monday’s monthly school board meeting, Northwestern Consolidated Superintendent Chris Hoke told the board they had three main goals ahead of negotiations, all of which are achieved under the deal.
The first was to maintain the ability to attract and retain employees.
The second was to revise the new hiring wage guideline, specifically addressing structural issues and increasing the minimum wage to $ 40,000.
And the third was to revise the bargaining unit to reflect the Indiana Department of Education’s definition of “teacher”.
The tentative agreement includes an addition of $ 3,350 to base salary and a new salary guideline for new employees.
“There is a group of people below what would be the comparable level of new hires,” Hoke told the board. “It would be in their best interest to resign and reapply. “
The revised guideline includes a minimum wage of $ 40,000. A new state law will come into effect at the end of the 2022-2023 school year requiring this minimum, but the board has previously identified that it would like to accomplish that this school year, he said.
The agreement also includes catch-up provisions for affected returning employees, according to Hoke.
The revised bargaining unit reflects IDOE’s definition of the term “teacher,” which is defined as “someone who worked 120 days in the last school year and was rated effective or very effective” on their assessment. This person must also be currently employed by the school district when the agreement is ratified.
The revision removes the school trustees and the Title I principal from the bargaining unit.
“The agreement in principle supports the three main objectives,” Hoke said.
Under the agreement, base salary additions amount to $ 229,475. The revised salary guideline for new hires is $ 23,688.40 and the total base salary investment for the school district is $ 253,163.40.
The minimum base wage is $ 217.93 per day and the maximum ($ 72,797.85) is $ 395.64 per day.
The CBA proposed salary investment is the largest amount the board has invested in the 2015 contract, Hoke said.
He also compared the increase to the current inflation rate in the country.
When the talks started this summer, inflation was 1.8%. It is now 6.2 percent.
“We’ve been in the midst of peak inflation for 30 years,” Hoke said. “If you’ve been to the store you’ve seen what the prices have been up to over the past five months. “
The average increase in base salary under the proposal is 6.37 percent.
The deal can be ratified at 7 p.m. Thursday at a public meeting at which public comment will be allowed.