Education

August 12, 2014

Wichita school district, service workers reach tentative contract deal

A tentative contract agreement between the Wichita school district and its service workers includes a 2 percent salary increase and raises for additional education, licenses or certificates, district officials announced Tuesday.

A tentative contract agreement between the Wichita school district and its service workers includes a 2 percent salary increase and raises for additional education, licenses or certificates, district officials announced Tuesday.

The school board and Service Employees International Union Local 513 reached the agreement on the 2014-15 salary and benefit package following a review of the two-year agreement approved last year.

Last year’s agreement froze salaries but included a clause that pay would increase for service workers “if compensation paid to teachers is increased.”

A tentative contract approved by teachers Monday includes a 2 percent salary increase.

The service employees bargaining unit includes more than 2,000 classified school district employees, including custodians, clerical staff, paraprofessionals and food service employees. But the contract it negotiates sets a pattern for another 1,000 employees – basically, any district employee who is not a teacher or administrator.

Just as in the tentative teacher contract, eligibility for the district’s health plan will now be for service employees who work at least 30 hours a week and are hired after July 31. Current part-time employees will be grandfathered into the health plan, officials said.

Members of the service employees union will vote on the tentative agreement Saturday.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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