C-A board settles several union agreements

FLINT TWP. — The Carman- Ainsworth Board of Education has reached one-year agreements with several of its collective bargaining unions.

At its June 21 meeting, the board ratified contracts with the Transportation Association; Custodial, Maintenance, Office Personnel and Paraprofessionals (CMOPP); Carman-Ainsworth Education Association; Carman- Ainsworth Association of School Administrators; and Carman- Ainsworth Food Service Employees Association.

“We are still in the process of negotiating an agreement with the Bendle/ Carman-Ainsworth Alternative Education Association” said C-A Superintendent Eddie Kindle, noting that contract does not expire until August 31.

Salary Schedules will remain frozen for all contracts that were ratified and Board approved, Kindle said. All approved agreements/contracts are for one year. Wage concessions negotiated three years ago (approximate 10% reduction) will remain in place, a testament to the dedication and foresight of our entire staff, he said.

There were no monetary concessions in any of the approved contracts but some included minor language changes.

“The leadership and representatives of each association worked in partnership with administration to continue to make challenging but necessary decisions that will help to position our school district in maintaining financial balance, stability, and growth,” Kindle said.

Board President Patrice Hatcher added her thanks to union representatives for “bargaining in good faith and coming to agreement in a timely manner.’

The one-year agreements attest to the state of the economy and terms will be revisited next year, she said.

Kindle also voiced his thanks to workers for their “resilience and dedication to the district … attitude and ability to stay focused on what is best for the district.”

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