OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Board of Education on Wednesday approved a contract extension with the OCTA (teachers’ union).
The new deal calls for a 1.75% raise for 2102-2013.
Then there are 2 percent hikes for 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and for 2015-2016.
“I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep last night. It was a restless night. Voting on this contract at this time when we’re trying to approve a budget … I think the timing is terrible,” board vice president Sam Tripp said. “We’re laying off people, the taxpayers of this city have gotten a huge increase (in city taxes), water bills are out of sight. The timing is just lousy in my eyes.”
“A big part of this agreement deals with language to incorporate the district’s teaching assistants into the contract. They were brought into the OCTA from CSEA through a PERB decision back in 2008/2009,” according to Roger Sprague of OCTA. “The agreement also includes a revamped health insurance plan, which is in place across all bargaining units and comes at a substantial cost savings for the district. This is part of the agreement via a MOA (memorandum of agreement) signed by Bill Crist and myself at the early stages of negotiations process.”
The vote was 6-0-1 with member John Dunsmoor absent.