“I understand that the negotiation process has been very positive and has resulted in a fair agreement for all parties,” Truett said. In addition to guaranteeing annual wage increases for teachers for each of the three years, the agreement also means that the borough will have employment contracts with all union employees over the next few years. The agreement was approved on December 13 by members of the Upper Arlington Firefighters Union, the International Association of Firefighters Local 1521. The agreement with 53 members of IAFF 1521 comes after the city reached a three-year collective agreement with its police officers last December. Upper Arlington Schools will not have to worry about labour negotiations in the near future, having recently signed a three-year contract with the teachers` union. In addition, IAFF 1521 members will receive $500 in the new contract because they reached an agreement with the city through “accelerated negotiation.” “Normally, negotiations are with several representatives and next year after the contract expires,” she says. “These two things were not done and we reached an interim agreement before the current contract expired.” “The Upper Arlington Education Association has ratified the new collective agreement with more than 90 percent approval of our voting membership,” said UAEA Co-Chair Star Simpson. “The additional schedule has been adjusted to more reflect other Franklin County districts because we have not exceeded comparable rates.” Firefighters` pay rates are based on their negotiated employment contract, which involves overtime pay, an increase as an ambulance driver, etc.,” said Brent Lewis, CFO. However, to keep it simple, the average salary of a firefighter in the AU, without lieutenants or captains, in 2019 is about $86,000. “Last year, the collective agreement had an increase of 2% over the previous two years, with an increase of zero per cent on the basis. A representative of IAFF 1521 did not respond to requests for comment by telephone or email. The contract with the United Arab Emirates will come into effect on 1 July and expire on 30 June 2021.
This initial salary will be $46,380 $US in August 2019 and $47,470 in August 2020. Over the next school year, the salary plan will be $104,096 for a teacher with 30 years of experience and a master`s degree plus 40 college credits. When a teacher obtains an education-related doctorate, he or she receives an additional 2% scholarship. As wages rise, health insurance premiums for UAEA members will also increase. In this agreement, Upper Arlington police officers received 3.25% in 2019 and 2020 and 3% in 2021. The new contract with UAEA removes a freeze on teachers` salaries, agreed in 2015. This rises to 15 percent in 2021, with a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $2,000 per year for individual insurance and $4,000 a year for family coverage. In the first year, it forecasts 2.5 per cent wage increases for basic teachers` salaries, followed by 2.4 per cent and 2.35 per cent respectively for the second and third years. “VAEA has prioritized developing a strong relationship with headquarters to effectively support our members,” she said.
“This work was proven during the negotiations… Overall, our negotiations lasted three days and we were very satisfied. Hummer said the negotiations were opened on July 29 and resolved until December 2. Mr. Simpson attributed the short duration of contract negotiations to the creation of communication and training committees over the past year. Simpson said another important part of the new agreement expanded maternity and paternity leave, formerly known as maternity and paternity leave, from six to eight weeks. A new provision allows teachers who adopt children to take four weeks off if the adopted child is preschool or younger, and up to six weeks off after the adoption of a newborn.