We are pleased to improve the working conditions of our staff, who go above and beyond for our students every day and who will also do so during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Somerville School Committee and the Somerville Teachers Association (STA) Paraprofessionals Unit C reached a preliminary agreement yesterday on a three-year contract that reflects the city`s and district`s commitment to justice and the important role paraprofessionals play in our schools, supporting and working with classroom teachers. The provisional agreement reached must be ratified by the members of the Union and the school committee. The final offer came after months of negotiations to reach a fiscally responsible and sustainable agreement acceptable to all parties. In the weeks that followed, the committee and the city, through the mayor`s office and with the support of analysts from the municipal and district department, were able to identify the reserve funds as a source to support the committee`s goal of $25,000 in starting salary. The agreement reached yesterday requires a significant infusion of resources from the City to pay a salary increase to Paraprofessionals retroactive to July 1, 2019. Normally, the Ministry of Education budgetes all collective bargaining expenses as part of its annual operating budget. Fortunately, the City can support the paraprofessional agreement and allow the committee to change its normal practice due to the careful financial management in recent years. The Mayor has committed to allocating more than $500,000 in reserve funds to the Ministry of Education`s budget in the first year of a three-year proposal. This measure is subject to the approval of the municipal council. The second year (2020-21) will be funded by a combination of urban reserves and new school budgets. The costs of the proposal for the third year will be budgeted for by the Committee under normal procedures. . More than 90% of management employees are covered by a union contract.
Unionized roles include: accountants, facility service worker, electricians, prison officers, state soldiers, LPNs and RNs, social workers, lawyers, doctors, engineers, and librarians, among hundreds of other roles. . Contract unit 10 – January 2017 – December 2019 Memorandum – Implementation of July 2017 – June 2020 MOU contractual for the current contract unit 4A (accessible version). . Between mid-March and the next mediation session, on May 13, the committee and city officials had regular exchanges to assess the city`s financial situation. .