August 14, 2013
Anchorage Education Association, 274-0536
ASD Communications, 742-4153
District and teacher’s union reach tentative agreement
Proposed three year contract to be voted on next week
The Anchorage School District and Anchorage Education Association have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract that extends through June 30, 2016. The current contract, which covers approximately 3,500 employees, expired on June 30.
“I am encouraged that we will start the school year with a contract that helps us retain and recruit the best-qualified teachers for our students,” said Anchorage School Board President Tam Agosti-Gisler.
“I feel this tentative agreement shows commitment by ASD during challenging economic times,” said Anchorage Education Association President Andy Holleman. “Members of both bargaining teams looked to make the contract more clear and less expensive for the district where we could, while still bringing value to our members for the work they do in the schools.”
The tentative agreement includes the following highlights:
District health insurance contributions
Leave and work hours
The proposed salary increases are in line with other negotiated contracts for ASD employees.
Negotiations for a new contract began in February. By law, the district can enter into labor contracts with a maximum three-year duration.
AEA members will vote whether to ratify the contract proposal Aug. 24-26. If approved, it will be presented to the Anchorage School Board for final approval at its Sept. 9 meeting.
The tentative agreement is available for review on the ASD website at http://www.asdk12.org/contractadmin/.