Archive for Saturday, August 14, 2010

Teachers union ratifies master agreement

August 14, 2010


Teachers and other professionals in the Lawrence school district now are working under a ratified contract, Lawrence Education Association announced Friday.

The master agreement for 2010-2011 received ratification by union membership, although “it is clear that a significant portion of teachers are not happy with the results of this year’s settlement,” said Valerie Johnson-Powell, the association’s president, in a written statement.

The agreement, approved June 28 by the Lawrence school board, includes limited raises for some teachers, typically for teachers who had completed some graduate course work during the past year.

The agreement covers compensation, benefits, work conditions and other matters for about 900 professional employees. The group includes teachers and others who are licensed by the state.

The school board had cut $4.6 million from the district’s budget for the 2010-2011 school year.


youngjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Teachers are NOT happy and morale is LOWER than it's ever been! Health insurance costs increased significantly. Teachers will be bringing home less yet expected to do more, as usual.

jennifermarti 7 years, 9 months ago

youngjayhawk- Welcome to the world the rest of us live in.

youngjayhawk 7 years, 9 months ago

LOL, jm, not my problem anymore. I no longer work for LPS.

KSManimal 7 years, 9 months ago

Agnostick - please describe your qualifications and/or experiences and/or knowledge that allows you to make such a statement.

Jennifermarti - please describe how your salary/benefits compare to: 1) other professions requiring similar schooling/licensing/continuing education; and 2) what is offered by other employers in the field within commuting distance.

A few facts: teacher salaries are $10,000 to $15,000 higher in nearby districts. Health insurance premiums (family coverage is out of pocket) for Lawrence teachers have increased by 45% in the past two years. Or, choose the same premium and have ten times the deductible and ten times the co-pay/co-insurance costs.

A beginning teacher in Lawrence who opts for the "middle" level of family health insurance will have 45% of their gross compensation flow right past them and into the coffers of Coventry Health Care of Kansas. That's not a typo: 45%.

A beginning teacher supporting a family will qualify for federal free & reduced lunches for the first ten years of their career.

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