UPDATE: Dist. 205 Negotiating with Five Local Unions

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

UPDATE: Dozens of building and maintenance workers in District 205 now have a new contract after the school board approved a three-year deal tonight. However, there's still a lot of work to be done with other unions.

About 80 members of the Rockford Building Maintenance Association had been working under an expired contract that ended this month. As part of their new deal, employees will get a three percent pay increase during the first year, a two-and-a-half percent hike the second year and two percent increase the third year. They also have three insurance plans to choose from, previously they only had one option. Salary and health insurance are typically the toughest issues to agree upon no matter what the union.

Here is a look at monthly, employee-only health insurance premiums for the seven unions in District 205 under their current contracts:

12 month building and maintenance workers have premiums of $40, paraprofessionals, bus drivers and nutrition service workers all pay the same per month at $23.75. Clerical and hearing interpreters pay slightly more, $25 per month and teachers have the highest payout at 65.72, however their contract doesn't expire until 2015. Part of what the district is offering employees is a percent-of -premium coverage model.

These numbers come from District 205's negotiations website
www.205negotiations.com, along with other frequently asked questions. Salary information is also posted on the site.

Paraprofessionals make anywhere from $9.53 an hour to $16.15 an hour. Paras say most of them don't make a living wage and they haven't received raises in five years. The district says it is offering employees raises, however they also want many workers to pay more for health insurance.

A major bargaining barrier for paras and the district was time. Paras said the district was only meeting for short sessions and the district said paras were delaying meetings, but more sessions have been scheduled as unions continue to work under the terms of their expired contracts.

Bargaining teams for the district and paras have met 26 times since August 2012. Negotiations with a federal mediator are scheduled for August 19th, 22nd and 29th.

Click the links below for more details on contract negotiations, including the agreement with the Rockford Building Maintenance Association.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Six local unions are bargaining with District 205 right now. So ahead of tonight's school board meeting, let's take a look at where they all stand.

Paraprofessionals have been working without a contract for the longest, since June 2012.

Tonight, the board is expected to discuss the Building Maintenance Association's terms. They've been working without a contract since the end of June 2013.

That's also the case for bus drivers, hearing interpreters, the Nutritional Services Union, and the Educational Officer Personnel Association.

Teachers are the only ones not negotiating. They're under a contract that runs through 2015.

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