BG, OAPSE ratify contract PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 20 July 2013 08:19
Bowling Green Schools and its classified staff union have reached a one-year contract agreement.
The school board approved the agreement with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Chapter 311 at Tuesday's meeting. Union members ratified the agreement July 11.
Forty-five of the 90 union members cast votes, according to union President Mike Canterbury.
The vote was not unanimous, but it was close, he said.
"Most of our members are out working right now," he said in explaining the turnout. "Most of them have the summer off."
The contract has members paying a higher premium for health insurance, as well as a pay freeze for the life of the contract, Canterbury said.
He did not provide specifics on the health insurance increase.
No one on the school board's negotiating team was available to comment.
Canterbury is head custodian at the middle school, and has been employed with the district for 30 years.
"Negotiations were very civil," he said. "Everybody pretty much knows what the situation is. We were more than happy to do our part to try to curb costs."
Negotiations between the two sides lasted two days.
"It went well. I thought it went real well," he said.
The new contract will run from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 for the district's secretaries, food service workers, bus drivers and custodians.
Canterbury has been union president for four years and vice president for a number of years before that.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board:
•    Accepted $475 in contributions for the drama club's trip to the International Thespian Festival; and $100 to the Carla Bliss Memorial Fund.
•    Accepted the resignation of David Stanton, fifth-grade teacher, who was hired this summer.
•    Approved administrators' terms of employment, including the entry-level salary for administrators, health insurance payments, and retirement/severance pay, and a host of other issues.

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