Members of the Syracuse City School District Bargaining Units 2 and 11 will see both salary increases and changes in health benefits in new contracts ratified today, while the district will see significant cost savings in the short and long term.
Effective retroactively, the Unit 2 and Unit 11 contracts will cover the periods beginning July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2014, respectively. The Unit 2 (Syracuse Association of Administrators and Supervisors) contract will remain through June 30, 2016 and the Unit 11 (Syracuse Association of Managers and Supervisors) agreement is a five-year contract and will remain active through June 30, 2019.
“I am pleased that we have reached agreements for our administrators, supervisors and managers in Units 2 and 11,” Syracuse City School Superintendent Sharon said. “These agreements will generate significant cost savings for the district while ensuring that our dedicated employees are fairly compensated for their hard work.”
Employees will see annual salary increases in compensation. Unit 2 employees will see a three percent increase over the course of their one-year contract, while Unit 11 members will see a 12.5 percent salary increase over the course of their five-year contract. Unit 11 members will also gain access to a two-hour leave for medical or dental appointments, reducing the need to take a half or full day of paid leave for such purposes.
To offset these changes in compensation, under the agreements, employees in Units 2 and 11 who were hired after July 1, 2015 or September 9, 2015, respectively, will be enrolled in the District’s High Deductible Healthcare Plan, which will also be offered as an option to current employees. This plan is a significant paradigm shift with respect to health insurance benefits and will result in significant cost savings for the district. Additional changes include co-pay increases and an increase in monthly contributions for employees.
“I look forward to working in partnership with the remaining bargaining units to achieve results that are in the best interest not only of the Syracuse City School District, but also of our employees,” Contreras added.