Medicare costs slow contract negotiations at Career Center
ASHLAND – The union representing teachers and staff at Ashland-West Holmes County Career Center says the cost of health insurance has been the main sticking point in contract negotiations that have been ongoing since April.
She said the board wanted to change the percentages so that teachers pay a 15% rate rather than the 12% rate that every union member paid under the expired contract.
Subler said the teachers were working under the terms of the old contract, which expired on
“Technically, we are working without a contract,” said Subler, who noted that the two sides met with a federal mediator on September 15 to try to reach an agreement.
“Our big advantage is that our school is extremely stable financially and the board would like the staff to pay a higher insurance premium. And we just feel like the school is so fortunately financially stable that they there is no reason for it, ”Subler said.
Federal mediator involved
In a statement read to
“We are working diligently on a contract which we believe recognizes the tremendous work our teachers and staff do on a daily basis,” he wrote in an email.
Subler said the union approached the district months before the contract expired in an attempt to have a new contract in place sooner.
With the help of the mediator, she said, the two sides have tentatively agreed on some areas, such as the reimbursement of tuition fees and additional contracts for special education teachers, but are continuing their efforts. discussions on other contractual areas.
Subler believes the two sides will soon meet the mediator for a second negotiating session.
“It all comes down to the fact that our district is very stable financially,” Subler said. “… So we believe that taxpayers’ money should be used to pay our workforce to educate our students. “
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