Board OKs 4.53% Raise for Employees

The Board of Education has approved a 4.53 percent salary increase for members of the local chapter of the California School Employees Association. The Board also OK’d the same raise for non-bargaining employees including confidential, classified supervisory, classified and certificated managers, pupil personnel employees, exempt employees and substitute teachers. The raise is retroactive to July 1, 2007. It will appear on Dec. 7 paychecks, and retroactive checks will be issued Dec. 21. The approval of CSEA’s raise was part of a larger contract agreement approved by the Board after CSEA members overwhelmingly ratified the deal this month. CSEA’s Unit A approved the contract by a 98.5 percent vote, while Unit B approved the deal by a 97.5 percent vote. Unit A includes clerical and support services employees. Unit B includes construction, repair and transportation workers. The CSEA contract remains in effect until October 2009, although 2008-09 salaries can be reopened for negotiations next year. The deal includes several contract language changes, revisions to employee evaluation forms, and enhancements to staff development, or training. No changes in employee benefits were proposed. Contract negotiations with the Teachers Association of Long Beach are tentatively set to begin Monday, Dec. 3. Additional bargaining session dates have been tentatively set for Dec. 13, Jan. 10 and Jan. 31.