William F. Cox

August 24, 2012

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Staff Writer

Delaware City Schools district secretaries, library aides, business office clerks and educational aides could be the second union in the district to receive a 1.25-percent salary bump this school year, if the contract is approved by the Delaware City School Board on Monday.

The three-year agreement, which affects 77 employees in the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) union, includes a 1.25-percent base pay, effective Aug. 1 for the 2012-13 school year and a 0.75-percent bump, effective Aug. 1, 2013 for the 2013-14 school year.

An additional 0.25-percent increase is possible in year two if total revenue projections exceed $45 million in 2013-14.

If approved, the agreement is effective July 1 through June 30, 2015.

The Delaware City School Board meets at 8 a.m. Monday at the district technology center, 621 Pennsylvania Ave., Delaware, to discuss and vote on the OAPSE contract.

Jerry Stewart, city schools director of human and material resources, said the agreement negotiations went well and were wrapped up in one day.

The agreement makes changes to the longevity pay. Employees, beginning with their 20th year of service with Delaware City Schools, will get an additional 40 cents per hour above their regular hourly rate for longevity pay.

The district pays the full cost of group life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance for all OAPSE employees in the amount of $30,000. This was increased from $25,000.

The contract requires direct deposit for all employees.

The agreement also calls for the modernization of titles. Educational assistants are now educational specialists. Secretaries and receptionists are now administrative assistants. Clerks are now specialists.

There were no changes made to the health insurance in the contract. Employees working at least 20 hours of work per week or more are eligible for health insurance. The district picks up 82 percent of the insurance plan premium with OAPSE union members picking up 18 percent, according to the contract language.

The school board last month approved the teachers’ contract.

The district’s third and final union, United Electrical, representing bus drivers, maintenance crew, custodians and food service workers, is currently in negotiations.