Meriden BOE talks with clerical, custodial and paraprofessionals unions ongoing | #Education

MERIDEN — Contract talks with three of the school district’s employee unions, collectively representing some 240 workers, are ongoing.

The Board of Education’s current agreements with the unions representing clerical and secretarial staff, custodians and maintenance workers, and paraprofessionals are scheduled to expire June 30.

Louis Bronk, assistant superintendent for Personnel and Talent Development, confirmed negotiations with the unions are pending. He declined to discuss specifics related to the talks, saying any information officials could release was “extremely limited.”

Attempts to reach leaders of the clerical, custodial and paraprofessionals unions by email were not successful.

Board of Education President Robert Kosienski Jr., when reached by phone, did not discuss any details around the ongoing talks.

“We’re currently working with all of our exceptional unions,” Kosienski said. “And we hope to have agreements that are good for both sides ready soon.”

Both of the current clerical and custodian union contracts include language stating that negotiations of new contracts are to begin “not later than 120 days preceding” the expiration of the current agreements. Under those terms, talks would have been initiated in early March. Both of those contracts follow the fiscal year calendar, which begins on July 1 and ends the following June 30.

The paraprofessionals union contract, meanwhile, became effective on Sept. 1, 2019 and is scheduled to expire on Aug. 31. The current contract does not contain language outlining a timeframe for initiating talks on a successor agreement. However, Bronk confirmed negotiations with that union are similarly ongoing.

The Board of Education previously negotiated new agreements with the Meriden Association of School Administrators [MASA] and the Meriden Federal of Non-Certified Supervisors Local #42D unions.

Those unions collectively represent school building administrators, the director of facilities, assistant manager of building & grounds, transportation director and director of food services. The MASA contract provided a wage increase of a little more than 2.2%, according to a Record-Journal review of the contracts’ salary schedules. The Record-Journal compared the “Step 1” salaries of high school principals and middle school principals in calculating the wage increase.

The Board of Education’s agreement with the Meriden Federation of Teachers is scheduled to expire on Aug. 31, 2023.

That three-year contract, negotiated in late 2019, increased wages by 2.75% during its first year, and 2.9% in its second and third years. The collective wage increases — including general wage and step increases — over the duration of the contract was 8.55%, according to previous Record-Journal reports.

Reporter Michael Gagne can be reached at mgagne@record-journal.com.




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