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Teachers Release Proposal Details

The West Chester Area Education Association release the details of the proposal rejected by the school board most recently.

The West Chester Area Education Association release the details of the proposal rejected by the school board most recently.

The following information comes from the Education Association's website.

The proposal from the union contains the following items:

1. Include Domestic Partners in the medical coverage.

2 .Increase premium share for health care plan from 10% to 12% in
the second year.

3. Increase the retiree’s Health Retirement Accountant for members
hired after 2003 from $20,000 to $35,000.

4. No change to any current retiree health benefits.

5. Reduced tuition reimbursement after Masters from 90% to 40%.

6. Increase supplementals (which have been frozen since 2009)
by 2%.

7. Wage increase:

a. 1st year: step and column movement half-way through the year, and an additional $500 to teachers at the top step

b. 2nd year: full step and column movement, and an additional $500 to teachers at the top step

After contract talks that began in February, the teachers and the District were reportedly $25 million apart.  With their latest two year proposal, the teachers’ union has closed the gap to $1 million which includes a 3.77% raise.  The teachers have given up cost of living increases and any monetary increases to the salary scale.

Cathy Binder September 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
And just did a quick check - per the U.S.census - the median household income in Chester county for 2010 was over 84,000. Far better measure than just West Chester, as the district comprises more than the borough, and actually includes some of the more affluent areas of Delaware County to boot.
Leon Congleton September 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Joyce . . .been there . . done that. Let's talk about the inept teachers in the district who are shuffled around the elementary schools because of their incompetence and thanks to the union the administration cannot fire them. Military retirees earn around 1/3 of what teachers retire with . . .now tell me who is more deserving of a teacher's retirement salary . . A soldier who has served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan or a belly-aching teacher whose toughest time in life was that summer camp you were force to go to as child? Take this opportunity, reflect what God has given you . . . You have a lucrative job that pays very well and retirement benefits and salary that out pace 3/4 of our retiring military!
Concerned in this West Chester September 07, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Um...concerned in west chester, which west chester are you concerned about? Where are you getting your info? While our high achieving schools have preserved our property values through these economical trying times, most west chester teachers can't even afford to live in west chester, let alone pay bills on time. Many of the teachers and especially the support staff and maintenance workers live paycheck to paycheck at best and pay taxes as well, usually more in their residential school districts. West chester has some of the lowest taxes in the state, while our unemployment is going down and our earned income average is going up. Please get your facts straight and leave politics and unionism out of this.
Joyce LeDonne Young September 07, 2012 at 01:40 PM
LIsten Leon - Don't lump me in with "inept teachers" with whom you refer. Maybe it takes one to know one. You don't walk in my shoes nor do you know what I'm about. Yes, veterans are deserving of a pension but do they spend 35 years earning that pension? Don't compare apples and oranges. Maybe it's just people like you who are doing the belly-aching. No classroom management skills? Bullied by your students? I don't know what your problem is but don't deny dedicated professionals their due. Hopefully you are out of the profession because I would hate for you to be my child's teacher.
Coach Clark September 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
West Chester's Union... just as bad? Chicago Teachers Vote to Strike; 350,000 Kids Affected; 16% Raise Over 4 Years Not Good Enough; Strike of Choice; Roadblock to Reform The average teacher in Chicago makes $76,000 a year for nine months of work. They were offered 16% salary increase spread over four years. Given the system has a $665 million deficit this year and a bigger one next year, I am wondering why there should be a raise at all. Nonetheless, the New York Times reports With No Contract Deal by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike. Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/09/chicago-teachers-vote-to-strike-350000.html#2Z4E8pkeB6rlxXID.99

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