Boston Public Colleges, lecturers union give negotiation updates as contract expiration looms


With the Boston Lecturers Union contract set to run out on the finish of summer season, each lecturers and district officers are opening up about their drawn out negotiations — displaying paraprofessional wages, transferring the beginning of faculty earlier than Labor Day and different high-priority points are nonetheless up within the air.

“Our contract is expiring at the end of August, and to set up our students, educators for success this fall, we need an agreement reflecting our priorities now,” outgoing BTU President Jessica Tang mentioned in an deal with to the Boston College Committee.

Each side of the negotiations have been assembly weekly since February, district officers mentioned, with a objective to have a contract by the tip of June. However main points stay unsure.

BTU members gathered in a rally outdoors of Wednesday’s College Committee assembly on the Bruce Bolling Constructing, pushing district officers and college committee members to maneuver on key points as Superintendent Mary Skipper gave an replace on the negotiations inside.

District officers mentioned they’re additionally trying to pushing the beginning of the college 12 months for lecturers earlier than Labor day, upending a decades-long precedent. Lecturers in Boston have had a stipulation of their contract that they returned to work after Labor Day because the 1997-98 faculty 12 months.

Boston is without doubt one of the solely districts in Massachusetts to have lecturers begin after Labor Day, with a later begin date than surrounding districts in Newton, Brookline and Cambridge.

District officers argued the later begin date provides the faculties much less flexibility — blocking proposals like including knowledgeable improvement day on election day — and pushes colleges’ finish date into the warmer elements of June. College students would nonetheless begin on the Tuesday after the vacation.

Lecturers and district officers additionally emphasised prioritizing raises for lower-paid staff, paraprofessionals and ABA specialists. These common salaries are round $44,000 for paraprofessionals, about $57,000 for ABA specialists, and round $111,000 for lecturers, district officers mentioned.

Underneath the districts proposal, paraprofessionals would obtain a elevate of as much as 20% and ABA specialists would obtain as much as a 28% elevate. The workers could obtain decrease raises relying on their present step throughout the district, however the district argued this might make Boston paraprofessionals the best paid within the state.

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