We have come a long way in more than 49 years. Below you’ll see an extensive list of benefits accrued over the course of our collective bargaining history. We have done well. Years of accumulated collective bargaining gains have given us a benefit package we can be proud of. But these gains did not come overnight, and they did not come without a lot of hard work — hard work done by our membership over years of bargaining and years of collective action.
Members entering our ranks today are the welcomed beneficiaries of the struggles of their predecessors. As we welcome new members, we should also explain to them how our gains were accomplished. It has taken a lot of hard work by our membership, many of whom have long since retired: four strikes, dozens of rallies, many hours of picketing, and countless demonstrations. All worth it. Here’s how we have improved our working conditions and benefit package:
Teachers Elect BTU as Exclusive Bargaining Agent
Pilot Program for Duty-Free Lunch
One Personal Day granted
Duty-Free Lunch extended to 72 Elementary Schools
Duty-Free Lunch extended to ALL Elementary Schools
Provisionals placed on Group I Salary Schedule
BA+15, MA+15, MA+45 lanes Established
Binding Arbitration established
Child Care Leave established
BTU Health and Welfare Fund establishes Dental Plan
BTU Health and Welfare establishes Eye Care Plan
BTU Health and Welfare establishes Legal Plan
Class size (K-3) reduced from 33 to 28
Class size (K-3) reduced from 28 to 25,
Beginning three salary steps dropped; new teachers enter at higher steps
14th Year Career Award established
14th Year Career Award Increased
Elementary teachers obtain four P&D’s
Job-Sharing Program negotiated, with full benefits for job-sharers
Lead Teacher Program established
Elementary teachers obtain five P&D’s, one of which is administratively directed, every other week; now every week
14th Year Career Award Increased
MA+ 60 Established
Additional 9th year Salary Step added
Class Size reduced: K-2 from 25 to 23; Grades 4-5 from 28 to 27; Grades 6-8 from 30 to 29;
Class size reduced: K-2 from 23 to 22; Grades 4-5 from 27 to 25; Graades 6-8 from 29 to 28;
Fourth personal day added
|1975||Achieved sick days (one a month);
two personal days a year;
70% payment health insurance;
leave of absence (family death three days)
|1976-1978||Leave for study;
Salary lanes for college credits
|1980-1983||Sick Leave twelve days (up front); two personal days|
|1983-1986||Health & Welfare Benefits: Eye Care Plan – Medic Alert – Dental Plan
Health insurance 75%; posting of vacancies; teacher vacancies (paras given first consideration).
|1986-1989||Health & Welfare (increase in benefits); funeral Expenses added;
Retroactive Hospitalization Plan; Career Awards (nine years $300);
Compliance Paras (made whole after 30 days); Sick leave, 15 days, two Personal Days.
|1989-1992||Health & Welfare increase in benefits:
Orthodonture added to dental, Hearing aid, Sabbaticals, Severance Pay (40% for unused sick days), School Based Management, Career Awards for nine years, 14 years, & 19 years, Certified paras paid for substitute teaching
|1993-1994||Salary: 3% retroactive to September; (10) Medical Paraprofessionals (assist nurses); Para excess pools – (9) nine days’ notice; Para vacancies shall be posted for transfer|
||1997-98; 4% raise
1998-99: 4% raise
1999-2000: 4% raise
Health & Welfare: 3% each year; Career Award, 29 years: $500;
Salary Credit Para to Teacher; Substitute for teacher – 10 years experience;
Training Programs; Seniority resolved; Mediator.
|2000-2003||2000-01: 4% raise plus additional $250 in each career award
2001-02: 4% raise plus additional $250 in each career award
2002-03: 4% raise plus additional $250 in each career award
Accumulation of In-service credits for salary purposes from 20-30
Paraprofessional Training increased from $35,000 to $50,000
Paraprofessional equity with teachers on religious holidays
|2003-2006||2003-04: 2% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
2004-05: 2.5% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
September 1, 2005: 2% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
January 1, 2006: 1% salary increase
April 1, 2006: 1% salary increase
Ten minute break during the workday
Pay rate for substituting for teachers increased from $4.00 to $6.00 per hour in addition to regular salary
Effective September 1, 2005, up to 20 paraprofessionals who so elect shall be given an opportunity to job share
|2006-2010||2006-07: Effective September 1, 2006 a 2% raise plus an additional $500 cash bonus for all paras
2007-08: Effective Spetember 1, 2007 a 3% raise; and effective February 1, 2008, $300 on base, prorated into hourly wage
2008-09: Effective September 1, 2008 a 3% raise; and effective February 1, 2009 a 1% raise
2009-10: Effective September 1, 2009 a 3% raise; and effective February 1, 2010 a 1% raise
Health and Welfare Contribution: An additional $150 on September 1, 2007 for all paras
Paras will have a new Bachelor’s Salary Lane added on September 1, 2007
Paras with 5+ years eligible for $500 yearly tuition reimbursement program.
There shall be a minimum of six Health Paras.
|1981-1983||Substitutes were recognized by the Boston Teachers Union in 1981 and represented substitutes on assault cases before any contract ever existed.
First signed contract: May 1983 to December 1983. Per Diem $45 per day; Long Term Sub (LTS) $50 per day. Long Term Sub only: health insurance at 75% paid.
|1984||January 1, 1984 signed second contract through August 31, 1986.
Years 1985-86 Per Diem $56 per day; LTS $60 per day.
Assign 45 District Subs (new category). Health Insurance for Long Term Subs and District subs.
|1986-1989||Sick Leave for Long Term and District Subs.
Life Insurance Policy $2,000.
Per Diem $65.23; LTS $72.48; District $72.48. District Subs changed to Zone Subs.
|1989-1992||Per Diem Subs $74.27 (year two); LTS $82.51, up to $149.49. District $82.98.|
|1991-1992||To be negotiated (salary): Subs to carry over sick leave upon becoming teachers under contract. All subs eligible for Professional Development.|
|1994-1997||Zone Subs changed to “Level Substitute.” LTS and Level Subs shall participate in Professional Days and be compensated
1994-95: 50 Level Subs. 1995-96: 60 Level and 1996-97: 70 Level Subs
Salary: 1996-97, second year Per Diem, $83.54; LTS $92,81 to $168.15; Level Subs $92.81
Life Insurance plan $5,000
|1997-2000||Compensation, same as 1996-97: Per Diem $83.54; LTS $92.81 up to $168.15; Level Subs $92.81
No contract because the State Labor Relations Commission precluded the BTU from negotiating a contract for substitute teachers until it was determined which union would represent the bargaining unit.
|2003-2006||Compensation (divide by 7 for hourly rate):
Per Diem Annual Bonus: $1,000 after working at least 120 days by end of June as a per diem sub; and $1,500 after working at least 150 days as a per diem sub. If the bonus exceeds $100,000, it will be reduced so as not to exceed the $100,000 cap.
Long term pay increased after 25 days instead of 30.
|September 1, 2006||2% salary increase|
|September 1, 2007||3% salary increase|
|September 9, 2008||3% salary increase|
|February 1, 2009||1% salary increase|
|September 1, 2009||3% salary increase|
|February 1, 2010||1% salary increase|