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Youngstown school district, teachers’ union reach tentative pact

Published: Sat, December 7, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Denise Dick



The city school district and the union representing its teachers have reached a tentative agreement.

The district issued a news release Friday, and no details would be released until ratification by both parties.

The teachers’ union, the Youngstown Education Association, has been working without a contract since June 30, and last August, the union authorized its negotiating team to issue a 10-day intent-to-strike notice.

Later that same month, though, after a marathon bargaining session with the district, the teachers agreed to work at least through Sept. 30 under terms of their old contract. The union implemented a work-to-rule status, asking members to do nothing extra but to work just the contracted hours.

Both sides, along with a federal mediator, have met periodically in the intervening months.

Although the details weren’t divulged by the parties, the three-year pact reportedly calls for 2 percent pay increases each year as well as requiring teachers to pay a 10 percent health insurance contribution. That percentage will be capped at about $2,000 — something that had been an issue in negotiations. Teachers now pay a percentage of salary toward their health-care premiums: 1.57 per- cent for family plans and 0.785 percent for the single plan. Beginning teachers earn $29,885, while senior teachers, or those with 24 years of service and a doctorate, earn about $66,000 annually. The average teacher salary is $53,355.

The tentative agreement also adds a new step for senior teachers at the top of the pay scale.

The last three-year contract provided 1 percent pay increases each year. That followed seven years of freezes on base pay.

The YEA is expected to vote on the agreement Dec. 16, with the school board expected to vote the following day.


1Knightcap(699 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Health-care contribution should be at 20-25%. These trough feeders have been hardly paying anything toward health-care like the taxpayers who pay their wages do. The school system needs to correct this disparity before handing out raises and going to the taxpayers for another property tax.

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2lumper(281 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

in the private sector, i pay 50% of my health care premium cost. for all who receive taxpayer money, 25 % to 35 % seems fair , since i'm paying for it. and cut the retirement match contribution to 3% to 4% with a max contribution match of $3,000.00

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3lumper(281 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

and watch canfield give out enormous raises since the levy passed. it's never about the students.

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476Ytown(1242 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Here's an idea, public sector union wage increases should require an approval vote not from the union but from the community and benefits should be realigned to the private sector. So nice to be able to decide your own pay and benefits.

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5SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

How did you get this information? If it wasn't approved by both sides, who provided you with the details? I am sure it was the board which that is an unfair labor practice (which is a violation of law). I know several teachers that don't know what is it the TENTATIVE agreement.
How come Denise you didn't report the fact that if the teachers don't approve this contract, the state will close the Youngstown City Schools down starting next school year. The plan is to send 1,000 students to the Boardman, another 1000 to Austintown, 1000 to Liberty, 500 to Struthers and Poland, around 500 to Canfield and around 500 to Girard.
Those communities would be upset if they know that Fact!
so when the contract gets voted down......look out!!!!!!!!!!

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6Karbon57(1 comment)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Your offensive and uninformed comments suggest that you actually know what you are talking about. But you don't know that teachers are required to go for continuing education in order to maintain their 'highly qualified' status as was required under the failed Bush administration's NCLB act. Perhaps you should consider that paying for all these continuing education courses costs a considerable amount, which has to come out of their after tax line. Before you refer highly educated and dedicated professionals as 'trough feeders' you should step away from your obsolete tea party identity and learn some facts.

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