NPSD & Unions Reach Labor Agreements
The North Penn School District (NPSD) and its two labor unions have agreed to new contracts. The NPSD Board of School Directors approved both contracts at an action meeting Thursday night. The previous contracts with both unions expired June 30, 2017.
“Administration, the school board and the leadership teams from both unions worked hard for nearly a year to develop contracts that are fair to all these groups and, just as important, fair to our students, families and taxpayers,” said Dr. Curtis R. Dietrich, NPSD Superintendent. “I want to thank the members of both NPEA and NPESPA for their patience as they all worked without a contract since July 1st, and, as always, put our student needs first.”
The North Penn Education Association (NPEA) agreed to a four-year contract that will expire June 30, 2021.There are more than 980 employees who are represented by NPEA including classroom teachers, special area teachers, speech clinicians, school nurses and guidance counselors. The agreement includes a 1.3 percent base increase in the first year (2.97 percent when accounting for step movement on the 18th pay); a 1.2 percent base increase in the second year (2.98 percent when accounting for step movement on the 21st pay); a 1.6 percent base increase in the third year (3.04 percent when accounting for step movement); and a 1.3 percent base increase the last year of the contract (2.88 percent when accounting for step movement on the first pay).
Salary schedules are a table that outlines compensation for each school year. The horizontal rows are steps that approximate years of service. The vertical columns represent an employee’s educational achievements. As employees move through the schedule their salary increases with both column and step movement. The highest step on the table is step 16 after which there is no step movement for those individuals.
The North Penn Educational Support Professionals Association (NPESPA) agreed to a three-year contract that will expire June 30, 2020. NPESPA is comprised of 423 employees in various support positions including secretaries, classroom assistants, technology assistants, staff nurses and specialists. The agreement includes a 2.0 percent base increase in year one (2.74 percent when accounting for step movement); a 2.25 percent base increase in year two (2.89 percent when accounting for step movement); and a 2.5 percent base increase in year three (3.03 percent when accounting for step movement).
The contract also calls for an increased premium share from NPEA and NPESPA members in 2018-19 moving from the current 16 percent to 17 percent for the remainder of both contracts. The agreements continue to control healthcare costs while providing quality benefits with changes in plan design so as to help to balance costs while still maintaining a high level of service to employees.
“Labor negotiations are never easy and negotiating two at the same time only serves to compound the challenge,” commented Tim Kerr, chair of the negotiations committee. “The successful conclusion of both agreements is a testament to the hard work of all of the participants. The multi-year agreements are both responsible and fair to all stakeholders and will allow the District’s teachers and support staff to continue to do what they do best, provide an unparalleled education to the future leaders of our community.”
Sean Devlin, NPEA President, echoed Mr. Kerr’s statements and added, “This deal, which both teams put many hours of thought and effort into, means that staff, both NPEA and NPESPA, can now continue to focus on providing a world class education to the students of the North Penn Community.”
Susan Lynam, NPESPA President, also expressed appreciation for the work that went into reaching the agreement. "Our NPESPA members are proud of the work they do to help bridge the gap in education for our students."