The Ossining school district reached a contract agreement with its teachers that gives them 1.6 percent raises for 2013-14, but no increases for the following three years.
They would still receive step increases, although they will be lessened, and teachers will pay more for their health insurance.
Here’s a press release from the district:
Ossining Teachers Settle Contract
OSSINING, N.Y. – Working together, the Ossining Board of Education and Ossining Teachers Association have reached a new four-year agreement that will help preserve Ossining’s high quality educational programs while holding the line on taxes.
The new agreement calls for 0 percent salary increases in three of the four years covered, increased health insurance contributions from teachers and reduced step increases. Had the two sides failed to reach an agreement, the provisions of the existing contract, which expires on June 30th, would have remained in force under the Triborough Amendment of state labor law.
“Given the economic times, both sides came to the table in good faith and worked collaboratively for the good of the district,” said Ossining Teacher Association President Bob Rosenbaum. “We recognized the needs of the community and the district’s need to maintain educational programs. What we did will allow for continuity in our educational program and lay the foundation for future collaboration.”
Ossining Superintendent Raymond Sanchez praised the teachers for meeting with district representatives early and reaching an agreement before the current contract expired. “Both sides were committed to coming together to address the fiscal challenges facing the district while keeping the needs of the students front and center,” Sanchez said.
Board of Education President Bill Kress said, “I would like to thank the teachers for recognizing the fiscal times we live in and agreeing to a contract that will allow us to continue to provide a world-class education for our students.”
Key provisions of the contract include:
No salary increases in 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017;
- A 1.6% salary increase in 2013-2014;
- Teachers eligible for step increases in years three and four of the contract would receive only one-half step;
- Teacher contributions to health insurance premiums would increase from 12 percent to 14 percent in 2016-2017;
- To better serve our students, Ossining Middle School teachers agreed to work with small groups of students once every four days for the purposes of academic support.
The Ossining Teacher Association voted to ratify the agreement on April 22nd and and the Board of Education voted to approve the contract on May 14th.