I just received the following update from the school committee and mayor:
As announced last week, the School Committee negotiating team, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, reached a tentative agreement with the Newton Teachers Association.
Our agreement reflects how much we value every educator in Newton and their contribution to making Newton Public Schools such a wonderful place for all our children.
On Monday, December 16, the union is meeting to vote on the contract. If ratified, the School Committee will also vote at our regularly scheduled meeting later that evening. Once the contracts are ratified, copies may be found on the NPS website.
Given that we are well into the 2019/2020 school year, the tentative agreement reflects a one-year retroactive contract for the current year, followed by a three-year contract from September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2023.
Here are some highlights:
- Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA):
- Current year top step: 2.75%
- Current year non-top step: 2.50%
- 3-year contract (total)
- Top step: 9.0%
- Non-top step: 7.75%
(Teachers receive automatic increases in their wages, known as “steps,” until they reach a specific year of service, called “top step.” These “steps” are in addition to the negotiated COLA.)
- Starting salary increases for new teachers and educational support staff (approximate increase of 4%)
- New stipends for middle school content leaders and cultural exploration coordinators and assistant coordinators
- Slight increase of $5 in health insurance co-pay for primary care and specialist visits. Significant decrease in co-pays for more convenient care options like “minute clinic” and “urgent care”
- Changes to parental leave policy that treats parents of all genders equally
- Hour, wage, and protection increases for educational support professionals
- Longevity payment increase of 10% for faculty with more than ten years in Newton
- Injury protection benefits for the rare occasion that educators sustain serious injury while on the job
Our goal with this contract is to continue to attract, inspire and retain terrific educators.
We look forward to the rest of the school year and wish you all joyful holidays.
The Newton School Committee
Mayor Ruthanne Fuller