Teacher's Union Working on Contract Negotiations


Members of Bay County’s teachers’ union and school board representatives are in the midst of negotiating their contracts.

The bargaining teams for each group met Tuesday to begin formal discussions on salary and benefits.

The biggest proposal by the association of bay county educators is a 4.5 percent across the board pay increase for teachers. School board representatives countered the proposal with a zero percent increase.

ABCE spokesman Brian Phillips says the school board also wants to remove contract language that gives step raises to teachers with satisfactory evaluations.

"My initial response was anxiety because I'm the one that has to go out and communicate with teachers. The teachers I've talked with regarding this are not happy at all, but it's the bargaining process so we will be going back to the table," said Brian Phillips, Association of Bay Co. Educators.

Bargaining meetings will take place on October 3rd, October 29th, and November 3rd. Teachers are asked to attend.

Phillips says ABCE is working on a number of other proposals including:

*Class size restrictions for Elementary PE teachers
*Deduction schedule for Health Insurance premiums
*Textbook delivery to teacher classrooms
*Bereavement leave for teachers
*Planning days for Pre-K ESE teachers
*Limiting the School Boards ability to hire part time teachers
*Giving teachers two working days to submit transfer grades for students
*Attendance incentive plan for teachers
*Early retirement incentive for teachers with 25 years or more experience

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