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04/21/17 6:00am

After nearly three years without a contract, the Mattituck Board of Education and Mattituck-Cutchogue Teachers Association have reached an agreement.

Approved unanimously Wednesday evening, the nine-year contract retroactively covers the 2014-15 school year and extends through June 2023, school board vice president Charles Anderson said.

“We’re very happy about it,” school board president Laura Jens-Smith said in a telephone interview prior to the meeting.

In the 2017-18 academic year, there will be a one percent increase on all frozen steps. Over the following three school years there will be both a one percent increase on all frozen steps and a 0.5 percent increase on all other steps.

All steps will receive a 0.5 percent increase in the final two years of the deal, according to Mr. Anderson.

 

Additionally, teachers agreed to contribute 1 percent more to health coverage for three consecutive years beginning in the 2018-19 school year, so by the end of 2021 they will contribute 18 percent, he said. They also agreed to switch dental insurance plans, saving the district money and putting teachers, administrators and CSEA employees all under the same plan.

One of the most beneficial parts of the new contract, however, isn’t financial, Mr. Anderson added.

“One thing we really like is teachers at the high school have agreed to be available for extra help four days a week,” he said. “It was difficult before to have only two days a week. Let’s say someone needed help in math and science and they were both on Monday night, they had to make a choice. Now that they have a choice of Monday or Wednesday, or however we set it up, they’ll be able to get help in every subject.”

He acknowledged the lengthy negotiation process, calling it “arduous and frustrating,” but commended the board and teacher’s union for respectfully working together.

“I think we came up with a solid contract that benefits everyone and I want to thank the MCTA and thank the rest of the board and I think it’ll be very good going forward,” Mr. Anderson said.  

Photo Caption: Mattituck Board of Education vice president Charles Anderson at Thursday’s meeting (Credit: Nicole Smith).

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04/23/16 9:00am

David Gamberg Southold School District

After announcing in November that David Gamberg would continue as the shared superintendent of both Southold and Greenport school districts after his initial contract ends this June, a three-year contract was approved by the Greenport Board of Education on Tuesday and the Southold Board of Education the following night.

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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Labor union president Tomas Skabry addresses the board at Tuesday night's meeting.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Labor union president Thomas Skabry addresses the board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Unhappy with the pace of negotiations for a new contract, members of the Southold Town civil service employees’ union packed into Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting, pleading for members of the board to move quicker to settle a new contract.

The Town and the Civil Service Employees Association have been at an impasse since June, when both sides declared they couldn’t make any more progress on a new deal. The state’s Public Employees Relations Board became involved soon after to resolve the dispute.

The town’s CSEA employees have been without a contract since Dec. 31, when the last three-year agreement expired. Salaries were frozen in that contract’s first year, but the workers received annual increases of 4 percent for 2011 and 2012.

While town officials said the negotiations must follow the legal terms of an impasse, labor union president Thomas Skabry said he was disappointed that the two sides aren’t planned to meet again until December.

“Please take this back … discuss it amongst yourselves, see if you can expedite [this],” Mr. Skabry said.

He also urged board members to attend the negotiating sessions, citing an incident at a recent negotiation meeting that could have been avoided with a board member in the room. He declined to explain what happened during the incident.

“We do your work for the benefit of the town’s residents and business owners,” Mr. Skabry said. “Do the right thing and work with us and try and resolve a fair contract not just for our members but for all the town of Southold.”

While no town board members meet for the contract negotiations, the town’s attorney, comptroller and the town’s labor council attend on their behalf, said Supervisor Scott Russell.

“It’s in mediation now,” Mr. Russell said. “Now this is the process that’s established by New York State labor law.”

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