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JSD, JESS ink three-year labor deal

Dr. Bridget Weiss.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Education Support Staff and Juneau School District have ratified a new three-year contract, effective July 1, through June 30, 2022.

This succeeds the current contract, set to expire on June 30, 2019.

According to superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss, JESS and JSD worked cooperatively to reach the tentative three-year agreement.

"Interest-Based Bargaining and the Affinity Model were used for collaborative negotiations," Weiss stated. "The teams met January 24 and 25, February 8 and 20, and again on April 23. Writing committees met on additional days to craft the agreement, culminating in an all-day session today to complete the process. The JESS membership unanimously ratified the agreement on May 11. The Board of Education considered the agreement in first reading at its May 14 Regular Meeting. The agreement was then approved by a unanimous vote of the Board in final reading in a Special Meeting on May 17."

The three-year agreement calls for increases to wages in FY20 of $.60 per cell above the FY19 wage scale. For FY21, the Parties agree to a one percent increase over the FY20 wage scale, and for FY22, the Parties agree to a $.20 per cell plus a 1.0% increase over the FY21 wage scale. Increases in monthly health insurance contributions are $25 in FY20, $25 in FY21, and $25 in FY22.

A “Me Too” agreement allows for an equal increase in wages and benefits as compared to the final negotiated agreement between Juneau Education Association and JSD. The net cost to the District per year is estimated to be $539,000 in FY20, $687,000 in FY21, and $1,160,000 in FY22.

The JESS bargaining unit is the school district’s second largest employee association, representing about 331 employees. JESS membership includes office and instructional support staff, para educators, school nurses, RALLY employees, as well as maintenance and custodial personnel. JESS is the local affiliate of the Alaska Public Employee Association.

 

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