Food Servers, Board Hold Talks

School Employees Propose Changes In Longevity Pay, Promotions

November 11, 1990|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff writer

The Carroll County Food Servers Association and the Board of Education unveiled proposals at the bargaining table last week.

Among the items sought by the association, which represents 170 cafeteria workers and managers, are an increase in the amount of pay workers receive for years of service, compensation for time spent interviewing prospective employees in the summer and changes in step procedures from general employee to manager.

Teresa Richards, chief negotiator for the association, said her workers want the additional pay for more than 10 years of service to increase from $413 to $650 a year. The workers want longevity pay to increase from $1,239 to $1,950 annually after 20 years.

The association had no specific proposal on compensation for time spent interviewing applicants during the summer, but noted that managers who must come in a day or two during that time should receive compensation.

The association also wants guarantees that an employee who moves to a management job would retain years of service under the new pay schedule.

The board's proposals largely dealt with changes in language regarding maternity leave and grievance procedures. The association had little disagreement with most of the language changes.

At issue, though, for the association, as well as the plant and maintenance workers, who began negotiating last month, are health-care benefits. Richards said the 5 percent salary increase workers received last year did not cover the increase in the workers' share of medical coverage.

However, James E. Reter, Carroll's director of business and finance and chief negotiator for the board, said insurance costs are expected to increase by 50 percent next fiscal year. He said workers will have to pay their share.

Vernon F. Smith, Carroll's supervisor of school support services and chief negotiator for the board in contract talks with the plant and maintenance workers, has said the rising cost of health care cannot be borne completely by the Board of Education.

Like the contracts with other school workers, the food association's contract expires June 30, 1991. The contract calls for negotiations to conclude the week before Christmas.

Negotiations are scheduled to continue next week with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 230 maintenance, custodial workers and bus drivers.

Contract talks also are scheduled Wednesday for the Carroll County Education Association, which represents about 1,250 teachers, and the organizations representing administrators, supervisors and clerical workers. Negotiations are expected to continue through December.

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