We have come a long way in 40+ years. Below you’ll see a long list of benefits accrued over the course of our collective bargaining history. Today we have a benefit package we can be proud of. But these gains did not come overnight; they did not come without a lot of hard work by our members including four strikes, dozens of rallies and demonsstrations and hours of picketing.
In today’s economic and political climate, we will all need to get involved to protect these gains and continue to press for improvements that will benefit not just our members, but the children and families we serve.
Teachers Elect BTU as Exclusive Bargaining Agent
Pilot Program for Duty-Free Lunch
1 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
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 3 salary steps dropped; new teachers enter at higher steps.
14th Year Career Award established
14th Year Career Award Increased
Elementary teachers obtain 4 P&D’s
Job-Sharing Program negotiated, w/ full benefits for job-sharers
Lead Teacher program established
Elementary teachers obtain 5 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;
4th personal day added
System wide ratio of nurses decreased from 750/1 to 700/1
Paid adoption leave now up to 40 days per school year
* Or after nine years of service
Tuition Reimbursement—as of 9/04, permanent teachers not yet getting their first career award are eligible for reimbursement of up to $500 in 04/05 for tuition expenses.
Individual Benchmark testing—All K2-3 will be provided with the equivalent of two days of substitute coverage to do benchmark testing. One day’s equivalency will be given in September, the other in June.
Career awards increase by another $350.
Pilot School negotiations concluded. Teachers and paraprofessionals who work above and beyond the school day and year will now be compensated for all hours above and beyond 105 per year in 2006-7, 100 per year in 2007-8, and 95 per year in 2008-9.
Beginning in September 2006, there will be established a career continuum for BTU members. Initial funding is pegged at $250,000 per year and will increase over each of the next two years, to $325,000, then $400,000.
In-service credits increased from 20 to 30; these credits can be used interchangeably with graduate credits for salary lane advancement
Full-time NTD positions created to mentor new teachers @ BTU plus 5%; part-time NTDs also created to do part-time mentoring
Four full time peer assistants to be hired to work with up to 12 teachers (et al) who, on a voluntary basis, request assistance.
Health and Welfare contribution for teachers (et al) increases an additional $150 plus a COLA, amounting to a 28% increase over the time period of this contract.
Superintendent’s Schools established. Staff in schools so designated will work an additional hour and receive a salary increase of 15.4%. Regular education class size in superintendent’s schools will decrease by 2 across all grade levels.
Itinerant staff who obtains licensure in their respective national approvals will be reimbursed for their application and testing fees, up to a total; of $15,000. Also, itinerant staff will also be allowed to share in a yearly fund of $15,000 to provide their respective departments Professional Development opportunities of their own choosing.
Misc.: Official school department tests will now be printed, collated, and stapled in a timely manner by someone other than the teacher and then distributed with sufficient copies for all. Teachers in multi-handicapped classrooms will receive notice of a new process for requesting and for the delivery of essential supplies and equipment in their classrooms. School Site Councils will now be allocated $50,000 per year for training.
Achieved sick days (1 a month); two (2) personal days a year;
Leave for study;
Sick Leave (12) days (up front); 2 personal days
Health & Welfare Benefits: Eye Care Plan – Medic Alert – Dental Plan
Health & Welfare (increase in benefits); funeral Expenses added;
Health & Welfare (increase in benefits: Orthodonture added to dental,
Salary – 3% retroactive to September; (10) Medical Paraprofessionals (assists nurses); Para excess pools – (9) nine days’ notice; Para vacancies shall be posted for transfer
1997-98; 4% raise
00-01—4% raise plus additional $250 in each career award
01-02—4% raise plus additional $250 in each career award
02-03—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
03-04—2% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
04-05—2.5% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
9-1-05—2% raise plus additional $500 in each career award
1/1/06—1% salary increase
4/1/06—1% salary increase
10 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.
2006-07—Effective 9/01/06 a 2% raise plus an additional $500 cash bonus for all paras.
2007-08—Effective 9/01/07 a 3% raise; and effective 2-01-08, $300 on base, prorated into hourly wage.
2008-09—Effective 9/01/08 a 3% raise and effective 2/01/09 a 1% raise
2009-10—Effective 9/01/09 a 3% raise and effective 2/01/10 a 1% raise.
Health and Welfare Contribution: An additional $150 on 9/1/07 for all paras.
Paras will have a new Bachelor’s Salary Lane added on 9/1/07.
Paras with 5+ years eligible for $500 yearly tuition reimbursement program.
There shall be a minimum of six Health Paras.
1981 – 83
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 $50 per day. Long Term Sub only—health insurance at 75% paid.
January 1, 1984 signed second contract through August 31, 1986. Years 85-86 Per Diem $56 per day; L.T.S. $60 per day. Assign 45 District Subs (new category). Health Insurance for Long Term Subs and District subs.
1986 – 89
Sick Leave – for Long Term and District Subs. Life Insurance Policy $2000.
Per Diem $65.23; L.T.S. $72.48; District $72.48. District Subs changed to Zone Subs.
1989 – 92
Per Diem Subs $74.27 (year two); L.T.S. $82.51, up to $149.49. District $82.98.
1991 -9 2
To be negotiated (salary) Subs to carry over sick leave upon becoming teachers under contract. All subs eligible for Professional Development.
Zone Subs changed to “Level Substitute.” L.T.S. and Level Subs shall participate in Professional Days and be compensated.
1997 – 2000
Compensation – same as 1996-97: Per Diem $83.54; L.T.S. $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 – 06
(divide by 7 for hourly rate)
Per Diem Annual Bonus – – $1,000.00 after working at least 120 days by end of June as a per diem sub; and $1,500.00 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.
2006 – 10
Per Diem Annual Bonus – Remove the $100,000 cap on bonuses.
Salary Differential – All substitute teachers who hold an active Mass. Teaching License shall ”¦”¦”¦”¦”¦.receive a salary differential equal to 3% of the per diem rate.
Retired teachers who return to subbing shall not be required to take any test.
Health & Welfare benefits for Cluster Substitutes will increase by $150.00 effective 9/1/07.