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Champaign School Board approves new contract

From the press release:

On behalf of Champaign Unit #4 School District and the Champaign Federation of Teachers: 

The Champaign Unit #4 School District Board of Education approved a contract with the Champaign Federation of Teachers (CFT) Monday.

The Champaign Federation of Teachers’ (CFT) contract expired on June 30, 2013. The new contract was ratified by CFT’s membership October 16.

“I commend both of the Board of Education and CFT leadership for their dedication to reaching a fair contract that honors the work of our teachers while remaining responsible to the taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand. “There is great work being done in our classrooms every day. With this contract in place, we can continue to work together to provide the best possible education for the children in our community.”

The collective bargaining agreement includes the following provisions:

Definition of Immediate Family

The parties agreed to revise language within the sick leave provision to include nieces, nephews and partners in a civil union as within the definition of “immediate family” for purposes of sick leave use.

Military Leave

The parties agreed to revise language within the military leave provision to conform to current state and federal laws as well as District practice.

Health Insurance

For the 2013-2014 school year, the parties agreed that two plans would be offered, the POS-C 1000 80/50 Premium ($537) and the POS-C 2000 80/50 ($502).  The Board would contribute $537 per member per month toward the cost of employee health insurance.

For the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years, the Board will contribute the cost of any increase in the single health insurance premium up to an aggregate of 18% or $634 per member per month.  In addition, the Board will contribute the cost of any increase in the single dental insurance premium up to $35 per member per month.

Health Reimbursement Rate

The parties agreed to eliminate the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) provided for in the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Pension Language Clarification

The parties agreed to clarify language related to employee pension contributions to indicate that, should the amount required to be contributed to TRS by the employee be increased legislatively, the employee shall pay any amount over the employee contribution as of July 1, 2012.

Salary Schedule

The parties agreed that teachers on the salary schedule will receive increases in the following percentages:

  • 2013-14 school year: Step increase plus 3.0% to base
  • 2014-15 school year: Step increase plus 2.25% to base
  • 2015-16 school year: Step increase plus 2.0% to base

Teachers who are “off schedule” will receive increases in the following percentages:

  • 2013-14 school year: 3.0%
  • 2014-15 school year: 3.0%
  • 2015-16 school year: 3.0%

The increase negotiated to the salary schedule for the 2013-14 school year will be retroactive to July 1, 2013. 

Transition Mentors (New Provision)

Non-novice teachers in their first semester of service shall be provided a Transition Mentor at the non-novice teacher’s request.  The Transition Mentor will be paid a stipend of $500 for the semester.

Instructional Technology Coaches (New Provision)

Instructional Technology Coaches will be given an extended contract of 12 days allocated before and/or after the school year to be determined by the appropriate supervising administrator.

Extra Duty Compensation

All instances of extra duty compensation contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement will increase from $30/hour to $32.50/hour.

Additional proposed changes to paid administrative leave, teacher evaluations, and non-teaching supervision were withdrawn.

The new contract in its entirety will be made available on the Champaign Schools website as soon as it is compiled, printed, and signed.

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