The contract ratification meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 10. All BTU membership meetings begin at 4 PM. At this meeting, we will do more mundane matters up front, probably for about 15 minutes. We expect to begin the ratification portion, beginning with an explanation of the proposed settlement, at close to 4:15.
All members will need either a membership card or a current payroll stub to enter the hall. Please bring one or the other. If you don’t have either, you will be asked to find the problem table, which will be staffed by a secretary. Under federal law, only active members can vote. Retirees can come to the meeting, but cannot vote, so there will be a special section for them. Retirees are allowed to participate fully in all other aspects of the meeting.
There will be a copy of the proposed settlement on every chair. You can download a copy here. Or an easier-to-digest summary here. The summary is unofficial, but it is a full and complete summary of each of the items that appear in the proposed agreement.
Members are urged to keep a close look at class size and to file a grievance if any classes are over the limit. See here for limits, and see here for instructions as to how to file a grievance. Each year hundreds of our members successfully file grievances to keep their classes below the stated maxima. Any questions, please email Patrick Connolly.
Beginning of Year Payroll Information
Please check your pay stub. Make sure you have advanced a step if appropriate. Also make sure you are on the correct salary lane. All current pay grids are found here. For teachers and paras, the correct grid is found under the heading of 02/01/10 to 08/31/10, respectively. For substitute teachers, the correct salary is found under the column on the far right. Any questions, please email Michael, Caren, or Jenna.
In general, after a contract is ratified, the school committee votes to approve, then the City Council votes an appropriation. All of this takes a matter of a week or two. A new salary grid will then be in place, and retroactive payments can be expected. More information will be forthcoming as these steps play out.
Ouch….but accurate. This Wasserman cartoon appeared in the Globe on Sunday.