Tallmadge -- The Tallmadge Board of Education voted Oct. 16 to approve a memorandum of understanding related to an addition to a new labor union contract the Board first adopted last month, giving a raise to four employees.
The addition to the contract for the Service Employees International Union Local 1 F&O Division 100 includes a $1 per hour pay increase for the four cafeteria managers in the school district. Each building in the district has its own cafeteria manager.
"It was something that kind of got omitted in the negotiations, in the bargaining. So it's really just an add-on to that contract," Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said, adding the wage increases were omitted "by accident."
Chuck Hayes, spokesman for the union, said the raises weren't part of negotiations for the new contract, and he couldn't say why they weren't. The request for the addition to the contract came from the school district administration, he said.
"It's nice that they recognize the additional responsibilities for these women and they're treating them accordingly," Hayes said.
According to Steve Wood, business director for the district, the change to the original contract will go before the union membership for a vote in the near future.
The union represents 98 classified workers, the majority of the support staff throughout the school district. The workers represented include custodians, maintenance, cooks, teachers aides and secretaries.
The 2012-13 school year was the first the school district offered breakfast to students as a meal in cafeterias, whether at full price or through the free and reduced program for eligible students.
Last school year also was the first the school district was required to comply with new federal and state healthy menu requirements. Both of these new responsibilities have resulted in extra work for cafeteria managers, school officials said.
"We have some new requirements of the [cafeteria] managers. We have the new healthy school menu requirements. We've included a breakfast program that they're also responsible for," Ferguson said. "With these new responsibilities and requirements we wanted to bring the cafeteria manager's position more in line with like positions in the area."
The cafeteria managers are otherwise subject to the same terms of the new three-year contract, as are other union members. They'll receive the $1 per hour raises in addition to 1.5 percent annual wage increases and share more of the total cost of health care premiums with a bump in their shares from 10 to 12 percent. At 10 percent, union members pay $46.67 for single and $125.01 for family coverage per month, while at 12 percent, they'll pay $56 for single and $150.01 for family, according to Treasurer Jeff Hostetler.
The original contract is effective June 30, 2013, to June 29, 2016. It will automatically renew for a fourth year, if the school district's treasurer certifies funds are available.
The addition to the contract is effective Nov. 1.
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