Contract Negotiations

Contract Ratification Q & A. South Hagerstown High School Auditorium. tonight – Sept 5 @4:15pm. If you are a late school, please arrive when you are able; we will be available for all members.

Agreement Table for WCTA – this shows the Topic of Negotiation and the Date Tentative Agreement on the topic was reached

Tentative agreement – This item is 72 pages long. Please read through the entire document

Ratification vote due at WCTA office – Sept 19, 2017

Article from Herald Mail, Sept 1, 2017

A restructured salary scale for Washington County Public Schools teachers is part of a new multiyear contract that is now awaiting ratification, an official with the teachers union confirmed Friday.

Neil Becker, president of the Washington County Teachers Association, did not provide specifics about the terms of the tentative deal, but said the new salary scale provides union members and the school board with “a very clear vision of salary and how to budget for salary.” He said the negotiated scale includes “smooth, even steps” from the bottom to the top, calling the old scale “very choppy.” “We think that the new scale that was developed is an effective way to respect the professionalism of the teachers and compensate them fairly,” Becker said.

The school system on Thursday announced it had reached tentative agreements for new contracts with both the teachers and educational support personnel unions. Details of the deals were not immediately released, pending ratification by both bargaining groups.

The contracts would then be presented for approval by the Washington County Board of Education, likely at the board’s Sept. 26 meeting.

The tentative deal with the teachers came on the eve of mediation to begin resolving an impasse in contract negotiations. Becker credited schools Superintendent Boyd Michael for leading the charge to find common ground for a new contract. He said the union was contacted by the first-year superintendent to see if the two sides were open to discussing alternatives to some issues in question. “We took that opportunity to meet with representatives of the board and the team, and we were able to find common ground on a lot of things,” he said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the school system and the association members to resolve this as smoothly, as quickly, and as amicably as possible.”

Anne Marie Hines, president of the Washington County Educational Support Personnel, declined comment Friday about details of the new deal before its ratified by the group’s membership of just under 450 employees. “We’re pleased that we were able to reach a tentative agreement,” said Hines, a secretary at Fountain Rock Elementary School. “We’re in the middle of the ratification process now.”

With both deals still tentative, Michael also declined comment Friday.

Becker said the teachers contract, which could last for four to five years, will be revisited annually by both sides to iron out future salary and language conflicts. The proposed contract is expected to be made available on the union’s website in the coming days to allow members to inspect it before voting whether to ratify the agreement, he said.

All unit members will be compensated according to last year’s salary scale, and all language from last year’s Negotiated Agreement is in place as the school year begins. Eleven month employees will receive their first pay of the fiscal year this week; ten month employees will receive their first pay in two weeks.