OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District and the Oswego Classroom Teachers Association agreed on a new one-year contract late Tuesday.
The deal includes a wage freeze, Superintendent Dr. Dean Goewey announced at the school board meeting Tuesday night.
“Never in the history of our district have we had all four collective bargaining agreements ratified before the expiration of those contracts,” he said. “Never before in the history of our district have all four agreements been settled with salary freezes for all members. It’s the first time that every employee in this district has taken a freeze (for the 2016-17 school year).”
This says that “everyone understands the financial situation we’re in,” he added.
Dr. Goewey thanked all the unions for their help.
“We ratified the agreement today (June 21). The final ballots were being tabulated as the (board) meeting got under way, actually,” OCTA president Roger Sprague told Oswego County Today. “The OCTA realizes the district and the community are facing a difficult financial situation and we wanted to do what we could to help. Along with the wage freeze, adding the steps, and taking the moratorium on grad classes we helped the district realize a substantial savings.”