The Classified Education Association (CEA) and Community Unit School District 200 inked a two-year contract extension Wednesday for non-certified district employees that will include a 1.5 percent raise in January 2013 and a step increase in the 2013-14 school year.
The CEA is comprised of approximately 500 non-certified employees, including student support staff, clerical staff and facility services, according to a District 200 press release.
The two-year extension (July 1, 2012 through June 20, 2014) includes:
- Insurance: For the plan year 2012-13 open enrollment, the HMO option will be offered on a voluntary basis to all classified staff, regardless of a premium split, who were enrolled in the District 200 health plan as of May 1, 2012
- Evaluations: The CEA and district Administration will develop a new classified staff evaluation tools that will be implemented by the 2013-14 school year.
- Job descriptions, salary grade changes: The CEA and District 200 will review and update classified job descriptions and evaluate salary grades.
- Salaries:In 2012-13, there will be no step change. Effective January 1, 2013, each cell, including longevity, will be increased by 1.5 percent, an increase of .75 percent for Fiscal Year 2013. In 2013-14, all eligible employees will move up one step (approximately 2.7 percent). Longevity increases will be two percent.
District 200 Superintendent Dr. Brian Harris said in a written statement the contract represents a "collaborative relationship" with the CEA membership and "conscientious efforts" of the Board of Education to fairly compensate District 200 employees.
District 200 is also currently involved in the collective bargaining process with the Wheaton Warrenville Education Association (WWEA). The WWEA represents approximately 1,000 teachers who work in CUSD 200, according to the release.
District 200 board member Ken Knicker said Wednesday that in today's difficult times, "It's pleasing for me to be able to approve this tonight."
Board member Barbara Intihar thanked the CEA for their work with the district. "They (CEA) understand what it means to (help) support our district... No job is too small for them," she said. "They're a very important part of our district, (and) have much more impact on our students than even they realize."
Harris said the changes will be $70,000 of the district's overall budget in the first year and about $270,000 in the second year.
The contract will be in effect July 1, 2012 through June 20, 2014. Salary changes will be effective January 1, 2013.