School Board And Unions Square Off On Contracts

November 04, 1990|By Staff report

Wage proposals were unveiled at the bargaining table last week for Carroll school maintenance and plant workers and bus drivers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has asked for a $200 across-the-board monthly raise for all workers represented by the union, which includes about 200 maintenance and plant workers and about 30 bus drivers and bus assistants.

The county Board of Education has proposed a 3 percent salary increase for plant and maintenance workers and a 3 percent hourly increase for bus drivers and bus assistants.

Plant and maintenance workers salaries range from $16,301 to $28,170 annually.

Bus drivers are paid $9.54 to $10.69 an hour and bus assistants are paid $6.76 to $7.91 an hour.

At issue for both sides are health care benefits. The union has said that its workers can no longer afford to pay a share of their coverage. The Board of Education, however, has said the rising cost of health care cannot be completely borne by the Carroll school system.

AFSCME and school board negotiators began meeting two weeks ago.

Negotiations will resume at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 271 at the Board of Education office. Contract talks are scheduled to continue through December, when the current one-year contract, which expires June 30, 1991, calls for negotiations to conclude.

Scheduled to meet at 2:30 p.m. Thursday are Board of Education negotiators and the union representing food service workers. Contract talks will also begin this month for administrators and supervisors, secretaries, clerical workers and teachers who are represented by the Carroll County Education Association. The meetings are open to the public.

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