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Board of Ed, National Federation of Teachers Agree on Arbitration Terms

Board of Ed, National Federation of Teachers Agree on Arbitration Terms
Posted on 11/20/2014
This is the image for the news article titled Board of Ed, National Federation of Teachers Agree on Arbitration TermsThe Chair of the Norwalk Board of Education and the President of the Norwalk Federation of Teachers (NFT) today released the terms of the stipulated Binding Arbitration Award for the final year of the current teachers contract (Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016).

The Board and the NFT agreed through the Award to the terms of the contractual salary, step and longevity provisions based on the arbitration decision of 2009. The following changes were agreed to effective September 1, 2015:

•   Grandfathering all +15 Lanes (BA+15, MA +15, 6th Year +15).
•   Grandfathering all on the existing doctorate degree column.
•   Moving the doctorate column to a $2,500 stipend above the 7th year column.
•   Eliminating longevity.
•   Reducing the step movement from 33 steps to 22 steps to reach maximum.

The financial cost of the settlement included a 1.5% GWI with a total increase of 3% when including steps. The Norwalk Board of Education will realize the following savings:

•   Changing the doctorate column to a stipend will realize substantial savings over time.
•   Eliminating the +15 columns will realize substantial savings over time.

When the Board developed its 3 year multi-year budget, it projected NFT salaries for FY 2015-2016 based on the last award made by the 2009 arbitration panel, which called for a total increase of 4.5% following the salary freeze in 2013-2014. The agreed restructuring of the NFT compensation provisions included in the agreement announced today brings this increase down to 3.04%.

Board Chair Mike Lyons and NFT President Bruce LeVine Mellion both described this as a “win- win” settlement for the final year of the contract, treating teachers fairly while being fiscally responsible, and with the hope that this will serve as a platform for future contract negotiations between the parties.