Raise for school workers is turned down by board BALTIMORE COUNTY

June 23, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

Despite last-minute negotiations, Baltimore County teachers and administrators will go without a raise for the third straight year.

The school board last week rejected a mediator's recommendation to spend $2.5 million on salary increases for the more than 6,600 people represented by the Teacher's Association of Baltimore County (TABCO). That includes about 600 supervisors and administrators.

TABCO's membership voted to accept the mediator's recommendation, which by law is not binding.

Saying it could not afford the raises, the board rejected the recommendation and reverted to the salary schedule in effect this year.

"We reject the recommendation of the mediator as impossible to implement," school board President Rosalie Hellman said during last week's meeting. "There will be no salary increases for anyone."

Earlier, the board told the union it could redistribute about $3 million that is in the budget -- and the contract -- for experience and longevity increases, and that it would "look for" another $1 million to compensate teachers, said Randall Grimsley, the board's negotiator.

In a statement issued after the meeting, TABCO called the board's action "punitive, since there was an earlier attempt to fund part of the negotiated agreement."

TABCO and the board agreed to call in a mediator after reaching an impasse on salaries early in June. The board originally included a one-time $1,400 raise for teachers as well as raises for teaching aides and clerical employees. But County Executive Roger B. Hayden removed the salary money from the school system's budget, so the two sides had to renegotiate that part of the contract.

In renegotiation, the board proposed increases for some administrators and supervisors, but none for teachers, saying its supervisory salaries lag even farther behind than its teachers' salaries when compared to other school systems in Maryland, according to the mediator's report. The union rejected this arrangement.

If the mediator's recommendation had been accepted, teachers would have gotten a $300 raise and administrators and supervisors would have received an equitable increase, TABCO said.

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