WCTA Members Consider Ratification of Salary MOU

May 02, 2024

Association Members to Vote on MOU to Adjust the 2023-2024 Salary Scales

Contact: Carol Mowen, President, WCTA Board of Directors ([email protected]

(Hagerstown, MD) During the first full week of May, over 1400 members of the Washington County Teachers Association (WCTA) will vote to either approve or reject a Memorandum of Understanding between WCTA and the Washington County Board of Education (WCBOE) as part of contract negotiations for FY2025.

“The ratification of this MOU will provide a 2% adjustment to the current salary scale for all Unit 1 members that will be effective on May 24, 2024,” said Mary Heeringa, WCTA’s UniServ Director and chief negotiator for the Association. “The 2% remains on the scale moving forward, so this is an early settlement that results in a 2% increase for the 24-25 year.”

The WCTA team and the Board’s team have agreed to the MOU as part of their deliberations and are now ready to move it to the membership for a vote so that the adjustment, if approved, can be made to salaries on the May 24 scheduled pay date.

According to WCTA President Carol Mowen, the Board has offered this adjustment in order to ensure that WCPS meets the June 30, 2024, deadline for a 10% salary increase above the negotiated salary schedule that was in place as of June 30, 2019. This is required by state law as per the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future. This 2% adjustment provides the 10% increase and avoids potential penalties (such as a reduction in state funding) that could be levied by the Accountability and Implementation Board (AIB). 

This ratification will be the first of two ratifications needed for this year’s contract negotiations.The second ratification vote will take place once the teams meet and agree on the remaining items under deliberation.

“We continue to negotiate language on the four articles that were opened this year,” Mowen said, “and we still have the FY 2025 salary terms and the Career Ladder to negotiate before bringing these items to the membership for ratification.”  

During this year’s negotiations, each side opened two articles in the Negotiated Agreement as per the terms of the contract. 

  • The Board’s team opened Article 23.14 Notice of Intent to Return and Article 13.3 Final Assignments.
  • WCTA’s team opened Article 8.1 Misbehavior and Article 7.14 Planning Time.

According to Heeringa, the teams are 75% finished with the language negotiations and are close to agreement. However, the teams have not finalized FY 2025 compensation and have not agreed on Career Ladder negotiations as required by the Blueprint. Those items may further adjust salary scales pending available funding.

WCTA is sending detailed information to members via QR codes on printed postcards this week. 

Ballots will be sent electronically to all members’ personal emails on Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 6 AM. WCTA will offer an informational session via Zoom on Wednesday, May 8, at 4 PM, to review the MOU, provide additional details, and answer questions.

The ratification election will close on Friday, May 10, at 4 PM. Results will be announced on the WCTA website.


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