Tim McAvoy, a spokesman for the district, told The News last month that the $65 million the union was referring to was part of cooperation agreements negotiated with the UEA. “Our Education Committee and our Superintendent take seriously their legal obligations to be good stewards of taxpayers` money and the importance of being fiscally solvent. As part of our resources, we want all employees to have compensation envelopes that reflect the high expectations and standards we have in our schools. That`s why UCS teachers are on average among the highest paid in the state of Michigan. According to Parkinson, the teachers together sacrificed $65 million because of concessions, and she added that they were still at 5 1/2 salary steps, as employees have not seen an increase in years. “This is a very serious step for us, which comes from our frustration in our relationship with a UCS bargaining team that doesn`t seem to have permission from the Superintendent of Schools to actually negotiate,” she said. School employees are entitled to a pension for life when they retire and are also promised lifelong health care after retirement. On the basis of the formula of the public pension scheme, the lifetime pension of a Utica professor with 30 years of experience and an average basic salary of 88,853 $US (the last “stage” on the individual salary plan) would amount to $US 39,983. A worker can start receiving a pension at age 55 or after 30 years of employment in public schools. The borough also pays US$500 to each teacher when they announce their retirement by April 1. The new agreement with UCS`s 1,450 teachers runs until June 30, 2022 and brings stability to the school district so they can focus on the needs of their students.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is working to update this database in a timely manner. We invite school districts to support us by sending copies of new collective agreements or links to these agreements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Parkinson said she believes the agreement went into effect because both parties understood that not having a contract during that time was detrimental to the UCS community. UTICA/SHELBY TOWNSHIP/STERLING HEIGHTS – The Utica Education Association, a union representing teachers in the Utica Community Schools district, recently launched a call for a national labour commission during ongoing collective bargaining. . . .