District spokesman Tim McAvoy told The News last month that the $65 million raised by the union was part of negotiated and collaborative agreements with THE UEA. Parkinson said the union went to the bargaining table to recover wage losses that cost union members $65 million. This database contains PDF copies of the collective agreements of each Michigan district for teachers, bus drivers, aides, office workers and other employees. EU contracts not only set salaries and benefits, but also information on class sizes, staff evaluations, school calendars and much more. The new agreement with the 1,450 UCS teachers runs until 30 June 2022. „Our Board of Education and Superintendents take seriously their legal obligations to be a good manager of taxpayers` money and the importance of being financially solvent. In our resources, we want all employees to have compensation packages that reflect high expectations and standards (which we have for our schools). For this reason, UCS teachers are on average among the highest paid in the state of Michigan. UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP/STERLING HEIGHTS – The Utica Education Association, a union representing teachers in the utica Community Schools district, recently called for a labour commission amid ongoing collective bargaining.
Parkinson says she believes the contract came into effect because both parties understood that it was damaging to the UCS community not to have a contract during that period. Since March, district officials have stated that the district bargaining team has met with union representatives 22 different meetings, 15 of which involved the entire district bargaining team, to gather details of a new contract. „It`s very damaging to the community,“ Parkinson said. „Children miss a day of school. It is divided among colleagues; It`s a cleavage among families. It hurts. This is a terrible step we need to take, but we are prepared to do it if necessary. But that is absolutely not what we want to do — we want to negotiate. The union and the school district met several times in early November to develop an agreement. Parkinson told the Sentry that their negotiating team did not think the last discussions ended well. In a statement, she said she wanted negotiations in good faith with the municipality.
Superintendent Christine Johns said in a statement Monday that the district remains committed to reaching a cooperation agreement with the union. „There are times when an objective third party is able to help all parties find common ground,“ Johns said.