September 10th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Portland Public Schools Poised to Approve Contract for Classified Union

Teacher cuts?

After a three-month delay, the Portland School Board is scheduled to vote Monday on a new contract with the Portland Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees, the union that represents about 1,300 para-educators, educational assistants, school secretaries, library assistants, campus clerks, campus monitors and interpreters, among other groups.

Portland Public Schools reached a tentative agreement with the union in June but postponed a school-board vote on the contract until this month as it worked to fill a $19 million budget gap.

The new deal calls for a 2 percent cost-of-living increase this year. The employee group represents workers whose salaries start at $11 an hour. Employees are also eligible for "step" increases in 2010-11. Taken together, that translates to approximately $1.5 million in cost to the district overall. However, that amount has already been included in the 2010-11 budget.

According to PPS, other details include:

2009-2010: 0 percent increase to the salary schedule, no step increase.
2010-2011: 2 percent increase to the salary schedule effective 7/1/2010; Step increase effective 12/16/2010, employees at the top step (therefore ineligible to receive a step increase) receive a one-time, lump sum longevity stipend of $450 (full-time) or $225 (part-time); Outdoor School stipend increased to $50 per day (from $40)

Teachers this year also got 2 percent cost-of-living increases and no cost-of-living increases last year.
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