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Monticello Schools Board of Education approves new contract for drivers and mechanics

October 31, 2012

At its July 2, 2012 meeting, the Monticello Schools Board of Education approved a four year contract with the United Service Workers Union (USWU) Local 74, Drivers/Mechanics Unit. The new contract covers the district’s 50 drivers and five mechanics from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015.

Details of the agreement include yearly cost of living salary increases as follows:

- 2011-2012 - 2 percent
- 2012-2013 - 2 percent / 1 percent split
- 2013-2014 - 2 percent / 1 percent split
- 2014-2015 - 2 percent / 1 percent split

The 2 percent / 1 percent split deal entitles union members to a 2 percent salary increase on July 1 and an additional 1 percent salary increase on December 31 based on their current salary.

Historically, USWU members who worked for Monticello Schools did not contribute to their health insurance costs. With the new contract, employees hired prior to July 1, 2012 will begin contributing 3 percent of their health insurance beginning July 1, 2014. All workers hired on or after July 1, 2012 will now contribute 15 percent. The ratified contract also allows workers to opt out of health insurance for a yearly payment or buy-out of $2,500. This new option will save the district approximately $9,000 per participating employee.

“The actions by this group are a prime example of shared sacrifice,” said Monticello School Business Administrator Denise Cedeira-Thornton, who was part of the district’s negotiating team. “When we work together, we ensure that our students are always our top priority.”