Kodiak Daily Mirror - Agreement reached in Kodiak school district labor talks
Agreement reached in Kodiak school district labor talks
by James Brooks / editor@kodiakdailymirror.com
Jul 09, 2012 | 212 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has reached a tentative two-year agreement with its second-largest collective bargaining group.

Details of the agreement between the district and the Kodiak Island Educational Support Association, which represents about 200 non-teachers, are being kept confidential until KIESA members have been informed of the details by mail, said KIESA spokeswoman Linda McCool.

“A tentative agreement was reached June 20,” she said. “Once our membership knows the details, then they’ll be on the school district website.”

The mailing to members also includes a ballot. Members will vote on the proposal, and if it is approved, the Kodiak school board would have to give its approval as well before it goes into effect.

The KIESA contract is significant because of the struggle the school district had to eliminate a multimillion-dollar deficit at the start of the year. The district reached a one-year agreement with its teachers to forestall pay increases.

Following that deal, KIESA proposed a three-year agreement that included a raise of 6 percent in the first year and 5 percent in the two subsequent years.

At the time of the initial proposal, the school district’s budget did not contain raises beyond the normal increases called for as employees gain experience.

Schools superintendent Stewart McDonald also declined to speak on details of the tentative agreement with KIESA, but said he thought the process was “going well.”

“It’s just interesting to see how these things play out,” he said.

Contact Mirror editor James Brooks at editor@kodiak

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