Madison School District and MTI Reach Tentative Contract Agreements

Posted Saturday, March 12, 2011 --- 3:20 p.m.

From the Madison School District:

Madison School District and MTI reach tentative contract agreements

The Madison Metropolitan School District and Madison Teachers, Inc. have reached tentative contract agreements for five bargaining units: teachers, substitute teachers, educational and special educational assistants, supportive educational employees, and school security assistants.

District administrators, with the guidance of the Board of Education, and MTI reps negotiated from 9:00 a.m. Friday until 3:00 a.m. Saturday when the tentative agreements were completed.

The Board of Education held a Special Meeting today at 2:00 p.m. and ratified the five collective bargaining agreements. The five MTI units must also ratify before the contracts take effect.

Summary of the agreements.

Teachers – effective upon ratification through June 30, 2013
Economics
• Employees contribute 50% of the total requirement to the WI Retirement System (WRS); savings to MMSD: $11 million for all employee groups.

• Salaries – year 1 Freeze salary schedule at 2010-11 rates; allow track and level advancement; savings to MMSD: $1.9 million.

• Salaries – year 2 Freeze salary schedule at 2010-11 rates; allow track and level advancement; savings to MMSD: $1.9 million.

• Health insurance – year 1 The district can require premium contributions which will not exceed 5% for those employees enrolled in GHC, and not exceed 15% for those employees enrolled in WPS; potential savings to MMSD: $1.7 million

• Health insurance – year 2 Eliminate WPS option and provide same health insurance options as provided to MTI support units with premium contributions not to exceed 10%; potential savings to MMSD: $5.7 million.

Language items
• Language allows the Board of Education discretion in making-up lost instructional time.

• Language allows for more defined professional development on Monday afternoons at the elementary level.

• Language extends the deadline for application to the Teacher Emeritus Retirement Program to April 15, 2011 (was March 15, 2011).

• Changes in assignment, reassignment and involuntary transfer language; savings to MMSD: $750,000.

• Language allows supervision of student transportation

• Language allows elimination of visitation day; savings to MMSD: $125,000.

• Eliminate WEAC (October) and SWEIO (February) conference days and replace with three professional development days.

Make up minutes
• Pay deduction for time missed
• Letters of expectation
• Fraudulent excuses result in suspension
• No amnesty
• School schedule change for remainder of 2010-11 year: longer school days beginning March 21; district will calculate extra minutes and announce.

Support units including supportive educational employees (SEE), educational and special educational assistants, and school security assistants - effective upon ratification through June 30, 2013

Economics
• Employees contribute 50% of the total requirement to the WRS.

• Freeze salary schedules at 2009-10 levels; allow track and level advancement. In 2012-13, the district can increase and decrease wages without negotiating with the union.

• The district can require health insurance premium contributions not to exceed 5%; in 2012-13, the district can require an increased premium contribution without negotiating with the union.

Substitute teachers - effective upon ratification through June 30, 2013

Economics
• Employees contribute 50% of the total requirement to the WRS.

• Freeze salary schedules at 2010-11 levels; allow track advancement. In 2012-13, freeze salary schedule at 2010-11 levels; no track advancement.

• Permit eligibility to 60 substitute teachers and district contribution remains at $400 per month.