Aetna : MILLBURN TEACHERS ANGRY WITH LACK OF CONTRACT
"I need to be able to support my own children and when my take-home pay stays the same paycheck after paycheck for five straight years, it hurts," said
The teachers' take home or net pay, Paul said, has decreased by 8 to 10 percent.
"The board has worked and continues to work tirelessly to reach a compromise between the two parties," said
The association is unwilling to compromise on a settlement, said board members who trace the disagreement largely to the board's decision to change health insurance providers.
The board said it will appoint a factfinder to work on the contract issue.
"The association's bargaining demands exceed the financial abilities of the district and are fiscally and operationally unreasonable," Choong said.
After meeting with its health broker in November, the board switched from School Employees Health Benefit Plan to
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Infanger declined to comment on specifics in the contract in terms of salaries and benefits but has said that the union is looking for a fair and equitable contract.
"We came to the bargaining table more than a year ago, ready to bargain. Today, we remain ready and willing to bargain even while waiting for that state-appointed factfinder to be appointed," said Infanger.
Bosselman said appointing a fact finder was a "mutual decision," but said she couldn't comment on the process.
Union members also attended a board meeting in unison in March when the school board approved a preliminary budget with a proposed 2.7 percent school tax levy hike, that increased school taxes by
The spending plan shows funds for teacher salaries in grades pre-K to 12 budgeted to increase 1.15 percent to
"Neither side is ever going to walk away completely satisfied," Bosselman said, noting both sides need to meet somewhere in the middle.
Bosselman did not have information about who is handling the supervisors and administrators union's contract negotiations or the contract negotiations for the custodial staff.
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