Lebanon teachers have a new contract that includes $1.9 million in raises over two years, making them the last local teachers union to resolve their expired contract from last year, according to union officials.
The Lebanon Board of Education approved the new agreement this week, retroactive to July 1, including combined raises of 5.25 percent over two years for the district’s 300-plus teachers.
Superintendent Todd Yohey called it “a very fair and responsible contract.”
The agreement calls for the teachers to get extra pay retroactive to the beginning of the current school year “by the first checks in December 2018.”
For the teachers, each 1 percent of salary and associated benefits is projected to cost the district $231,000, according to Sotzing. So the district expects $693,000 in salary and benefits expenses this school year, slightly more than $1.2 million in 2019-2020.
It was signed by school officials and union representatives on Oct. 16 and approved by local teachers on Oct. 23.
The teachers are to get a 3 percent base pay increase this year and a 2.25 percent raise in 2019-2020. The district would switch to a calendar of 24 paychecks beginning in 2019-2020. New teachers would get 25 paychecks in their first year and 24 in subsequent years.
Treasurer Eric Sotzing said the reduction from 26 annual payments simplified work for the treasurer’s office and in planning, and followed a trend for school districts area-wide.
Both sides agreed to withdraw unfair labor practice filings with the National Labor Relations Board and supplemental contract terms were part of the agreement.
On Monday, Nov. 26, the teachers union issued a response:
“Public schools in Ohio continue to face many complex issues. In an effort to work together with school officials; representatives of the Lebanon Education Association met with representatives of the Lebanon Board of Education on several occasions last spring, this summer and this fall. The main concern of the Lebanon Education Association is the health of the school district. If the district is healthy, then the students will thrive. We were glad to have the opportunity to speak with the board about the future of Lebanon City Schools.”
The school district is still negotiating with non-teaching workers, according to Sotzing.
This year teachers unions across the region pursued new contracts. The contracts typically run for two or three years and expire on June 30.
Many districts, including Springboro, avoided labor issues by reaching settlements before the school year began in August. The Springboro teachers agreed to 2 percent raises in each of the next two years, while secretaries, bus drivers, aides and other classified employees were to get 2.25 percent over the same period.