Concessions required for C-A contracts




FLINT TWP. — Two more contract agreements reached between the Carman-Ainsworth school board with labor groups reached or exceeded a targeted 10 percent in concessions needed to meet budget deficiencies.

At its June 18 meeting, after a brief closed session meeting, the board approved contract agreements with food service workers and administrators.

The food service contract amounts to about $67,667 in concessions—a 9.93 percent decrease in the 2013-14 school year.

Concessions include elimination of an allowance to buy uniforms, elimination of longevity payments, elimination of pay for snow days, elimination of eight paid holidays, reduction of paid sick days by two and a .75 percent reduction in salary.

The terms affect all 40 food service employees who previously got paid for 10 sick leave days per year and 10 paid holidays, according to assistant superintendent Russ Parks.

If work uniforms are required next year, the workers will have to provide them themselves, Parks said, adding that the uniform requirement still is undecided.

The administrators contract amounts to about $258,325 in concessions— 10.09 percent.

It includes an eight percent salary decrease, elimination of mileage and extra pay stipends, about $29,000 in benefit changes, and a 20 percent cost towards PAK health care benefits for members who receive them. The contract covers about 18 administrators including principals.

Parks said that extra pay stipends were for meetings attended outside of the workday.

Also PAK A insurance includes medical, dental, optical and life benefits and PAK B includes dental, optical and life.

Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff added his thanks to employees for the contract concessions.

“It is a lot to ask people to do more work for less money and still say you appreciate them,’’ he said. “Our two groups we ratified with today came in right around the 10 percent savings to our budget, just as our teachers (union) did. We want those groups to know how much we appreciate them.”

The district has yet to announce agreements with its clerical, bus drivers and janitorial unions. Those groups also are being asked for 10 percent reductions.

In related business, the district approved


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