Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:45 AM
Published on: Thursday, April 04, 2013
By Donna Broadway
ROCKVILLE-On March 21, the Board of Education approved the fiscal year 2014 agreement negotiated by the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA), the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500 The board of education granted approval contingent on SEIU’s ratification. The union approved the agreement on March 26.
“This contract recognizes the sacrifices made by supporting services employees during the downturn and enables them to plan for future financial needs. It respects the work of SEIU Local 500 members and their critical role in providing students with a world-class education,” said Merle Cuttitta, president of SEIU Local 500.
The salary increases will make up $18.6 million of the $2.2 billion proposed operating. Fiscal year 2014 operating budget is currently being reviewed by the county council, who will approval or reject the budget by June. If the budget is approved, it will become effective on July 1.
“I believe this is a fair agreement that recognizes the outstanding contributions of our staff, while acknowledging the current economic realities,” said Board of Education President Christopher S. Barclay.
Under the new agreement, eligible MCPS employees will receive a step or longevity increase, effective on February 8, 2014. Employees who are not eligible for a step or longevity increase will receive a 2 percent salary increase, effective February 8, 2014. All other provisions in the current collective bargaining agreement remain in effect for FY 2014. Negotiations for fy2015 will begin immediately.