Columbia School District and Teacher's Union Agree on Salaries

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 01 2014 May 1, 2014 Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:31:00 PM CDT May 01, 2014 in News
By: Nick Thompson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - After negotiations came down to the wire late Wednesday night, Columbia Public Schools and the Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA) reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement.

Wednesday, the two sides had not come to an agreement, facing a midnight deadline on Wednesday night.

The district and CMNEA confirmed to KOMU 8 News the two parties eventually reached a tentative agreement and CMNEA presented the agreement to educators at a meeting at Hickman High School Thursday afternoon.

The CMNEA advocates on behalf of 1,400 district employees and bargains for all district employees who have a teacher's certification in order to perform their duties. A collective bargaining contract is an agreement between the district and employees on compensation and workplace conditions.

CPS' Executive Director of Human Resources and Employment Law, Andrea Follett told KOMU 8 News the most significant parts of the agreement are the length of it and a plan to restore salaries lost when the district had to freeze salaries during the 2009-2010 school year.

As part of the agreement, the district will pay any employee who was with the district in 2009-2010 a salary increase based on what they should have received that school year.

The district told KOMU 8 News it will cost approximately $850,000 next year to restore the frozen "step" in the salary schedule.

The contract would last for three years, while the current contract covered only one school year.

CPS Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark told KOMU 8 News collective bargaining is new in the Columbia district, but so far the district is glad the policy is in place.

"We're certainly pleased that there's process in place for our employees to have a voice and certainly through this process we were able to not only have discussions with the board for consideration but also items they brought forth and wanted the district to consider through the bargaining process."

Members of CMNEA told KOMU 8 News it had 16 workplace condition priorities that did not make it into the plan.

CMNEA President Susan McClintic said the district and the union are still feeling each other out in the bargaining process. CMNEA is not entirely happy with the tentative agreement.

CMNEA had 16 workplace priorities that did not make it into the agreement. Rock Bridge Teacher Jennifer Black Cone said those priorities include a 30 minute lunch instead of a 25 minute lunch and 250 minutes of uninterrrupted plan time each week.

"We're thrilled to have something that we've negotiated but we're still disappointed that we have issues that are on the table and they were on the table last year as well, that are coming from our staff, that are coming from our bargaining unit and we're saying this matters. And the district doesn't see that it matters yet but we're working on it."

Before the agreement goes into effect, it has to get a "thumbs-up" from the union and a vote from the Columbia School Board.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA (AP) — Police say they have arrested a man charged in an August quadruple homicide that occurred in... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:15:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - A two-vehicle car wreck Saturday left one dead and two others injured, according to the Missouri State... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:15:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - An event in Columbia today addressed the prevalence of gun violence and misuse of firearms by offering gift... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:04:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A six-year-old held a hot chocolate stand Saturday outside of a Hy-Vee in Jefferson City to help two... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 6:51:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Wyss Medical Foundation donated $2 million to the Missouri Orthapaedic Institute for the work of lead orthopaedic... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 5:05:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - On Friday, the Columbia Police Department inducted eight new recruits, the largest class of officers in years. ... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:03:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JACKSONVILLE - An estimated 400 people attended a wreath laying ceremony Saturday at the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery. It... More >>
8 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 3:31:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Graduation day is long awaited by many and Amy Kiso Bledsoe is no exception. Bledsoe was... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — As Missouri struggles with the epidemic of opioid abuse, no place in the state has been... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:10:14 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - A furnace malfunction caused a fire in a trailer home on Pratherville Road Saturday morning. Gale... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:05:48 PM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People returning to Kansas City after being released from prison will get a 90-day supply... More >>
12 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:25:12 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - Firefighters responded to a shed fire off of Highway 40 near Rocheport Saturday morning. Boone County... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 10:04:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials with the University of Missouri-Kansas City say students will soon have access to state-of-the-art... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 8:16:45 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Cat cafes have popped up across the world in cities including New York City, London and Tokyo, and... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:36:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Some Jefferson City kids are getting the chance at a Merry Christmas this year with the help... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST December 16, 2017 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed it has fired Trooper Anthony Piercy. KOMU 8 spoke to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:42:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - St. Louis officers arrested a suspect that was on the run in a duplex on Sears Court in... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:29:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The application for the top education position in the state, Missouri State Education Board Commissioner, opened Friday leaving... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 15 2017 Dec 15, 2017 Friday, December 15, 2017 8:02:00 PM CST December 15, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
1am 46°
2am 44°
3am 43°
4am 43°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:02a
LX.TV: 1st Look
12:32a
Open House NYC
1:02a
Open House NYC
11:00p
Adventure Scouts
1:00a
Seinfeld
1:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football
7:00p
The Christmas Bunny
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Family Guy