District and teachers’ union reach tentative one-year contract extension

 

October 30, 2015

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contacts:

Zachary Mannix, NEA-Alaska, (907) 274-0536

Heidi Embley, ASD, (907) 742-4158

 

The Anchorage School District and Anchorage Education Association have reached a tentative one-year contract extension. The agreement will provide an extension to the current AEA contract for approximately 3,500 teachers, librarians, counselors and nurses.

 

“Highly qualified and dedicated employees are so important to the success of our district,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “This tentative agreement shows the willingness to work together in the best interest of the district and keep the focus on our students.”

 

The tentative agreement for 2016-17 includes the following:

  • 1 percent salary increase
  • $1,000 bonus to each eligible member, a $500 decrease from the current school year
  • $40 per month increase in healthcare contributions, equivalent to other ASD employee groups

 

“This gives educators in Anchorage some security about the coming year very early in this year and lets them focus on what matters most to them - working with students in their schools,” said Andy Holleman, AEA president. “This does mean that we don't get to discuss contract language for a year, and that's a drawback for a lot of our members, but this is a time of really great upheaval for the state, as it possibly looks at restructuring how education and all of state government is funded.”

 

AEA will hold an online ratification vote Nov. 19-23. If approved, it will be presented to the Anchorage School Board for final approval at its Dec. 3 meeting.

 

The current three-year AEA contract is set to expire on June 30, 2016.


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