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Rome Administrators Association, Region 8
Rome Administrators Association (RAA) was represented at the bargaining table by members Mark Benson, Nancy Kristl, Nancy Opperman, Ric Ripa, Sheila Spencer, and Karen Miller. They were assisted in negotiations by General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Fred Kirsch.
The unit wanted to have a short term contract, which eventually resulted in a two year successor agreement during mediation after impasse was declared by RAA. It is important to note that over the past 32 months, the Consumer Price Index in this region of New York has only risen 1.7 percent. Also, next year the property tax cap will be set at about 1.5 percent.
The unit agreed to a two-year retroactive to July 1, 2012 of 1.8 percent salary increase per year. In addition, the unit negotiated a $1,000 payment each year for re-certification of APPR training or an equivalent certification bringing the total new money to about 4.5 percent for the contract’s duration. The only give back affects new hires and requires them to pay 35 percent toward the premium cost of family health insurance coverage. Current members continue to enjoy 100 percent district paid individual health insurance and pay 30 percent of difference in premium cost between individual and family coverage if they select family health insurance coverage, which works out to be about 17.7 percent for family coverage.
Plainview-Old Bethpage Administrators Association, Region 2
The Plainview-Old Bethpage Administors and Supervisors Association negotiated a four-year successor contract that aimed to retain the administrative personnel, who had been consistently leaving the school district for employment elsewhere. The negotiating team was comprised of Unit President Jim Murray, Maria Carnesi, Suzanne Gray, Ronelle Hershkowitz (since retired), Laurie Lynn-Chaps, and Tom Schwartz. The group was assisted by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann.
In the face of the negotiating team’s arguments about administrators leaving for higher paying jobs, the district agreed to pay annual salary increases retroactive to July 1, 2015 and then each July 1 thereafter of 2.6 percent, 2.8 percent, 3 percent, and then 2.8 percent. Retroactive salary increases covered administrators who retired from the school district as well as those who left the district for jobs in other school districts. In addition, the team successfully restructured longevity as follows: At the beginning of the 5th year of service: $3,000, after 8 years of service $6,000, after 10 years of service $9,000, and after 15 years of service, $12,000. Longevity shall be continuous but not cumulative. The district also agreed to increase its per member contribution to the Welfare Trust by $200 on July 1, 2015, and by $50 per year for each year of the contract. Also, the negotiating team memorialized into the CBA its past practice relating to bereavement leave. The only give back was a modification of the health insurance buyback from 50 percent of the applicable plan to 50 percent of the cost of the individual health insurance plan.
Hewlett-Woodmere Administrative and Supervisory Association, Region 2
The Hewlett-Woodmere Administrative and Supervisory Association (HWASA) negotiated a new five-year successor collective bargaining contract lead by Ted Fulton, Liz Murray, Kevin Bayen, Colin Thompson, Al Bauer, Lynne Einberg, and Ginette Orlando. The negotiating team was assisted by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Frank McDermott. HWASA is a diverse unit comprised of principals, directors, assistant principals, psychologists, guidance counselors, department chairpersons, assistant directors, deans, social workers, P-12 chairpersons, and summer school principal and assistant principals. Some of the titles’ compensation is tied to the teachers’ salary schedule with an additional administrative stipend.
Due to salary compression for members on the various administrators’ salary schedules, the negotiating teams restructured the current six-step salary schedule, but preserved the step schedule for any member still not on top step. Retroactive salary increases in year one of 2 percent, and 1.5 percent (years 2-5) were negotiated for the current schedule for those members still on the step schedule.
For current members on top step or who reach top step during the duration of the CBA, they shall receive a 2 percent annual increase each year thereafter. Also, most stipends were increased by 2 percent a year as well. The unit also memorialized a past practice stipend for the athletic director. For new members, the team negotiated new minimum starting salaries. Once hired, in subsequent years, the new hires will receive 2 percent per year for the duration of the contract. Department chairpersons, grade level supervisors, guidance counselors and psychologists will continued to receive annual increase and step as stated in the teachers’ salary schedule plus an annual 2 percent increase to their administrative stipend. Social workers salary schedule was increased by 2 percent per year plus an additional $1,000 payment to base salary after the annual 2 percent increase is calculated for anyone at step 15 . In addition, every member’s salary and most unit stipends were increased by $1,500 on July 1, 2016 after the annual increase. Further longevity payments were increased by a lump sum effective July 1, 2015 and then multiplied by 2 percent per year for the reminder of the contract. In exchange, the unit agreed to a 2.5 percent increase in health insurance starting July 1, 2016, bringing the employee contribution to 76.5 percent. A retirement incentive was also discontinued.
Lynbrook Administrators and Supervisors Association, Region 2
The Lynbrook Administrators and Supervisors Association negotiated a successor collective bargaining agreement led by a team comprised of Joe Rainis, Sean Fallon, Thom Graham, Theresa Macchia, and Joe Pallotta. The negotiating team was assisted by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann. The association’s contract is unique in that the unit currently enjoys a 20 step salary schedule, a rarity for administrator bargaining units. Also, the association’s contract provides administrators with additional compensation for working evening and weekend school events. With that said, we turn to the terms of the new contract.
The salary schedule is built on a step worth 1.75 percent increase per year. The unit negotiated annual increases of .75 percent for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years and 1 percent increase to the schedule in the 2018-19 school year. In addition, the unit negotiated a new $1,000 tenure stipend. After several years without longevity, the association also reintroduced a 20 year longevity of $5,000. The amount of compensation for evening and weekend supplemental pay increases each year: 2016-17 $95 per event, 2017-18 $100 per event, and 2018-19 $105 per event. Finally, the group negotiated a $1,200 increase to their sick leave payout upon retirement, which money is deposited tax free into an IRC Section 403(b) plan. In exchange, the unit agreed to modest increases to employee cost sharing for health insurance coverage of 1 percent in 2017-18 (individual 17 percent and family 20 percent) and an additional 1 percent increase for individual coverage in 2018-19 to 18 percent.
Kingston Administrators Association, Region 5
The Kingston Administrators Association informally negotiated a new contract led by Vince DeCicco, Julie Linton, Stacia Felicello, and Andy Sheber, with assistance from SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann. The new deal shows continued growth in salaries and with modest concessions. Kingston administrators’ salary increases are comprised of annual increases, range movement, credit hours, and longevity. In each year of the contract (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019) administrators’ salaries shall increase 2.5 percent per year. Under range movement, every member shall receive $1,400 range movement each year computed before the annual increase, except that four members shall receive an additional $1,100 for only the 2016-17 school year. Longevity milestones also were increased as follows: after 5 years – $1,500 (incr. $450), after 10 years – $2,000 (incr. $550), after 15 years – $3,000 ($800), and after 20 years $3,800 ($600). In addition, the sick leave payout upon retirement increased by $5 per day per year up to a cap of 220 days starting at $95 per day for 2016-17 school year, or $20,900, which money is deposited tax free into an IRC 403(b) account for the retiring employee.
In exchange, the association agreed to increase employee cost sharing for health insurance from the current rate of 13 percent to 14 percent on July 1, 2017, and 15 percent on July 1, 2018.
Chester Administrators Association, Region 5
A four-year successor agreement has been approved by the board of education and the unit. The members of the negotiating team include Unit President Lea Kaufer-Morganstein, Edward Spence, and Cindy Walsh, and were assisted by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist John Knight. This CBA becomes effective July 1, 2017 and includes a salary increase of 2 percent per year.
Employee contributions for health insurance will remain at 15 percent for both family and individual coverage for the first two years of the contract. In years 3 and 4, the contribution will be set at 15.5 percent and 16 percent respectively. Unit members will not be entitled to dual health insurance coverage if the spouse has coverage under the same plan. A new stipend has been added for the athletic director, beginning at $2,000 and increasing 2 percent in each year of the agreement. A more generous bereavement leave provision has been added as well as an increased amount of sick days that can be used for family illness.
The longevity schedule was restructured. The 5 year longevity was eliminated in favor of a $1,500 longevity paymnet upon receiving tenure. Several unit members are still subject to the three-year tenure rule. They will now receive that money two years earlier. The 10 year longevity was increased by $250 to $1,750 and a new 15 year longevity at $1500 was added. In addition, there is now contractual language that memorializes the district practice of cumulative longevities.
Upon separation from the district, unit members may cash out sick and personal days after 8 years of service (down from 10 years) and at $100 per day (up from $90 per day).
Syracuse Association of Administrators and Supervisors, Region 10
This contract was negotiated by Dr. Michael Robinson.
Three-year contract with salary increases of 2.5, 2.75, and 3 percent.
No change in health benefits.
Newly develop observation rubrics for vice principals and central office staff created with a joint committee and will be reviewed for two years.
Bolivar-Richburg Central School Administrators Association, Region 12
Three-year contract: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019
• Salary: 2.9 percent each year.
• Health Care: 12 percent contribution into POS Plan (no change); Opt-out – $1,650 stipend.
• Benefits: Carry over 15 vacation days, 3 vacation day buy-backs at 1/240th per diem, salary adjustment for elementary principal, $2,000 into flex plan, $850 for professional dues, tuition reimbursement for 9 credits per year.
• Retirement: Unused sick days at $95 per day up to 250 days.
Frontier Central Administrators & Superintendency Association, Region 12
Three-year contract: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019
2.0 percent for 2016-17, 3.5 percent for 2017-18, 2.5 percent for 2018-19.
Frontier Plan – 11 percent for 2016-17, 15 percent for 2017-18, 5 percent for 2018-19.
Co-Pay Plan – 11 percent for 2017-18, 11 percent for 2018-19.
First Choice Plan – 6 percent for 2017-18, 6 percent for 2018-19.
High Deductible – 5 percent for 2017-18, 5 percent for 2018-19.
Opt-out – $1,200 if three members opt out, $3,000 if four members opt out, $4,500 if five members opt out.
3 vacation day buy-backs at 1/240th per diem.
Longevity Steps – $2,000 after 17, 22, 27, and 32 years of service in TRS. July 2017 – $2,000 after 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of FCASA service.
Professional growth funds of $2,000 per FCASA member.
$100,000 Term Life Policy.
Compensation for extra assigned duties through a MO.
$2,500 Mentoring stipend approved by the superintendent.
Career Increment – $2,000 per year up to 15 years of service in district, (30,000 max) into Health Care Fund or 403(b) if no HC.
Unused Sick Days – 250 =$30,000, 200-249 =$25,000, 150-199 =$20,000, 100-149 = $15,000.
Wappingers Administrators Association, Region 4
The Wappingers Central School District and the Wappinger’s Administrators Association negotiated a successor collective bargaining agreement covering the period from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019. The negotiating team was spearheaded by Unit President Ric Dominick, and members of the team included Ursula Platz, Angelina Alvarez-Rooney, Terrance Thompson, Jim Daley, Lizzette Cintron, and Todd Mensch. Under the terms of the new agreement, the base salary for each unit member shall increase by 2 percent per year and the parties introduced longevity into the CBA starting with a ten-year longevity of $1,000 payment added to base salary before the annual salary increase, which longevity is based on administrative service within the district. The district also will increase its annual contribution toward association members’ IRC 403(b) accounts by $200 per year. The district will further increase its contribution toward the established welfare fund by $50 per year to bring the total amount for each member to $1,750 by the end of the contract. Finally, the district agreed to pay administrators $100 per night for attending overnight field trips.
In exchange, the CBA now requires an appropriate dress provision. Unit members, as representatives of the district, must dress appropriately in accordance with their assigned duties. It is recognized that casual attire may be proper if the unit member’s assigned duties warrant it.
Herkimer BOCES Administrators Association, Region 8
• No change in health insurance.
• 3 percent per year for four years, through June 30, 2020.
• $1,000 stipend for tenure.
• Retirement incentive from $55 to $60 per day.
• Can sell back five instead of four days of vacation each year.
• New bereavement leave for extended family.
• Language that their personnel file can’t be reviewed unless they are made aware.
Oakfield-Alabama Administrators Association, Region 12
Term: 2015 – 2019 (4 years: 3 years + 1 retro year)
- 2015-16 retro: 0nly 2 members affected – Elem Prin. + $5,000, MS/HS Prin. 3 percent.
- 2016 – 17, 2017 – 18, 2018 – 19 = 3 percent each year.
- Contribution – 20 percent (no change).
- Opt out payment $3,000 (increase of $500).
- Creation of 105 H account on district contribution of $1,000 annually.
- Creation of FSA option for members.
- Creation of Workers Compensation language with member receiving current salary during absence. No time limitation.
- Creation of work year for 11 month administrators.
- Increase vacation time – after 10 years additional 6 days, plus after 10th year, an additional day every 5 years.
- Language to ensure payment of up to 25 unused vacation days at separation or retirement from district.
- Payment for up to 5 unused vacation days annually of $350 per day (increase of $50)
- Administrators not expected to report during emergency school closings unless specifically requested by superintendent.
- Combine sick and personal leave and increase total leave by 3 days.
- Added language of “member of household” to immediate family.
- Added binding arbitration by American Arbitration Association or Cornell, formerly with BOE.
- At first year of eligibility, exchange 75 accrued leave days for 100 percent single health care coverage for ten years. (current practice but no language)
- Payment of $175 per day after first 75 days to 105h account with a maximum of 240 days. (remove cap of $20,000)
Byron-Bergen Administrators & Supervisors Association, Region 12
Term: 4 years, 2015 – 2019
Salary: 2015-16 = 4 percent; 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 = 3 percent each year.
Longevity (new provision):
- $1,000 at tenure.
- $1,000 at 10 and 15 years of service.
- Longevity made retroactive.
- Longevity payments added to base salary.
- Member contribution rate is 24 percent (no change).
- Sick leave increased to 15 days per year (increase of 3 days).
- Sick leave may cumulate to 240 days (increase from 200 days).
- Opt out payment – $2,000 for family plan (increase of $1,000); $1600 for single plan (increase of $800).
- Add language the district will provide dental rider (was provided in past but no language).
- Provide vision care at same rate as health care contribution, 24 percent. (formerly member paid 100 percent).
- Vacation days increased to 22 days per year (increase of 2 days).
- Increase work days for Elementary AP to include 10 additional days during the school year compensated at rate of 1/200th of salary.
- Payment for up to 25 unused vacation days at rate of 1/240th (change from 1/260th).
Batavia Administrators Association, Region 12
Term: 7/2015 – 6/2018
Salary: 2015–16 = $2,700; 2016–17 = $2,800; 2017-18 = $3,000
- PPO Admin. Contribution – 2015-16 = 16 percent; 2016-17 = 18 percent; 2017-18 = 20 percent.
- PPO D2 & High Deductible Plans Admin. Contribution – 2015-16 = 13 percent, 2016-17 = 14 percent, 2017-18 = 15 percent.
- After July 1, 2015 new members will be eligible for PPO D2 or High Deductible plans.
- Add Dental and Vision Plans. Premium contributions will be 2015-16 = 16 percent; 2016-17 = 18 percent; 2017-18 = 20 percent.
403b Contribution by Employer:
- Each year contribution = $2,150.
HRA Contributions by Employer:
- PPO Members – 2015-16 = $950; 2016-17 = $1,000; 2017-18 = $1,000.
- PPO D2 Members –2015-16 = $1,600 2016-17 = $1,600; 2017-18 = $1,600.
Sick Leave Accumulated Credit
- For members hired prior to July 1, 2015 will be credited at rate of 1/220th of final salary for every sick day accumulated at time of termination.
- For members hired after July 1, 2015 will be credited at rate of $400 or every sick day accumulated at time of termination.
- Children of administrators living outside the district may attend Batavia schools.
Health Care Buyout:
- Members hired prior to July 1, 2015 who opt out receive either $1,250 (single) or $2,000 (family).
- Members hired after July 1, 2015 who opt out receive only single buyout.
Association of Administrators and Supervisors of Merrick, Region 2
The Association of Administrators and Supervisors of Merrick was represented at the bargaining table by members Libby Trencheny, Kerri Galante, and Allision Banhazi. SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann assisted them. The unit, new to SAANYS, thoroughly researched how their position in terms of compensation across Nassau County had slipped over the past several years and proposed restoration of their appropriate place within the county. Due to this argument, documented by statistics, the unit negotiated a contract in one bargaining session.
The new four-year contract provides for a $4,000 annual increase plus incorporation of two $5,000 longevity steps, (at the beginning of the fifth year and tenth year of service in a member’s administrative position), thus enabling everyone to receive one $5,000 longevity during the contract period, which results in each member receiving $21,000 over four years, an excellent increase given the Long Island school district’s policy of keeping salary increases below the 2 percent property tax cap. Outside of cleaning up some contract language, the association did not give back anything. In the end, good preparation for negotiations made this an extremely quick and successful negotiation.
Liverpool Administrators Association, Region 10
The negotiating team of Jeanne Brown, Daphne Valentine, and Tony Davis, with assistance of SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann, negotiated a very competitive successor contract. This four-year contract front loaded a 3.5 percent increase effective July 1, 2015, and then followed by three years of 3.25 percent salary increases. In addition, the team negotiated additional stipends of $1,250 for unit members in charge of subject matter areas or specific programs. Also, the parties are designating five days of sick leave for family illnesses. The tradeoffs involved health insurance. First, new hires must enroll in a new “platinum” rated plan only, while current employees may continue to participate in the present health insurance plan or opt for the new plan. And, second, all unit members will contribute 15 percent toward the cost of individual and family health insurance.
Salmon River Central School Administrator and Supervisors Association, Region 7
Salmon River Central School Administrator and Supervisors Association was represented at the bargaining table by members Kevin Walbridge, Sharlee Thomas, and Angela Robert. They were assisted in negotiations by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Kevin Mulligan. The district requested to change the health insurance plan to a Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO plan. The unit agreed to change to the PPO plan and contribute an additional 1 percent toward the cost of health insurance on July 1, 2016.
In exchange, the negotiating team negotiated a higher compensation package by using the breakage (cost savings from being from an indemnity to a PPO insurance product) to fund raises. The unit negotiated a $2,000 equitable adjustment for two members and increased the 10 year and 20 year longevity payments by $500 each retroactive for all members. Finally, each member will receive annual increases of $2,800 for the 2014-15 school year, $2,950 for the 2015-16 school year, and $3,100 for the 2016-17 school year.
Canastota Administrators Association, Region 8
This is the first ever agreement negotiated by the Canastota Administrators Association.
- Three-year agreement at 2.5 percent per year. Adjustment for a senior administrator.
- $1,000 tenure bonus.
- Regular ongoing longevity payments of $1,000 to $3,000 annually after five years of service.
- $2,0000 retirement incentive.
- Grievance procedure with binding arbitration.
- Expense reimbursement for mileage, conferences, cell phone.
- APPR references.
- Payment for unused sick days at retirement.
- Option to sell back five vacation days annually at per diem rate.
- Disability insurance at employers expense.
- Health and dental benefits to continue into retirement with 10 years of district service.
- District to pay for surviving spouse health coverage for 6 months.
- Unit members not required to report on emergency closing days.
- Availability of 457 deferred compensation savings plan.
- Payment of SAANYS dues.
Representing the unit at the table was Fred Kirsch, assisted by SAANYS Attorney Jen Carlson.
Averill Park Administrators Association, Region 6
The Averill Park Administrators Association has completed negotiation of a three-year agreement with the Averill Park Central School District to cover the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Salaries will increase by 3 percent during 2015-2016, 2.75 percent during 2016-2017, and 2.75 percent during 2017-2018. The agreement also includes an increase in sick days from 13 to 15 each year with accumulation to 300 sick days from 270. Upon separation from the district, unused sick days will be compensated at $100.00 per day. Negotiators Denis Sibson, Cheryl Clark, and Robert Messia were advised by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Granville Administrators Association, Region 6
The Granville Administrators Association has completed negotiation of a three-year agreement with the Granville Central School District to cover the period from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Salaries will increase by 3.25 percent during 2015-2016, 3 percent during 2016-2017, and 2.75 percent during 2017-2018. The agreement also includes removal of a residency requirement for unit members and enumeration of health insurance plans available to unit members. Negotiators Diane Dumas and Camille Harrelson were assisted by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Saratoga Administrators Association, Region 6
The Saratoga Administrators Association has completed negotiation of a three-year agreement with the Saratoga Springs Central School District to cover the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. Salary increases are 2.5 percent during 2014-2015; 2.75 percent or $2,500, whichever is greater, during 2015-2016; and 2.75 percent during 2016-2017. The agreement also includes an option for health insurance buy-outs of $4,585 during 2014-2015, $4,250 during 2015-2016, and $4,200 during 2016-2017. Health insurance subsidies of 85 percent will be based on the higher deductible PPO plan. Other provisions include compensation for two additional work days per diem added to base salary, payment for supervision of the tutoring program, and an increase of $600 in the final year salary increment at each level. Negotiators Kevin Froats, Brett Miller, Jennifer Drautz, Eric Schenone, and Peter Sheehan were assisted by Jennie Pennington, SAANYS labor relations specialist.
Pearl River Schools Educational Support, Operations, Administrators, and Supervisors Association, Region 5
The Pearl River Schools Educational Support, Operations, Administrators, and Supervisors Association was represented at the bargaining table by members Shawn Fredericks and Maureen Schwarz. They were joined by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Negotiator Linda Melton Mann.
Each year of the three-year contract included a $300 increment and then 1.5 percent annual increase to base. In addition, the unit unified an annual vacation buy back provision (it was bifurcated depending on the title) that accelerated the ability of unit members to sell back unused vacation leave as follows:
- 3 days buy back after 5 years of service down to after 2 years of service.
- 4 days buy back after 15 years of service down to 3 years of service.
- 5 days buy back after 20 years of service down to 4 years of service.
The unit also unified a longevity provision so every member is consistently treated. In addition, unit members are now able to use their unused accumulated vacation leave upon retirement to pay for their contribution toward the cost of retirement health insurance. The sick leave will go into a constructive trust and thereby pass through as a non-taxable event under the current tax laws. In exchange, the members’ contribution toward health insurance will increase in year two, July 1, 2015 by 1 percent. So that members will now contribute 20 percent toward the cost of health insurance, which is equal to other bargaining units in the district.
Whitesboro Administrators Association, Region 8
The Whitesboro Administrators Organization (WAO) recently negotiated a new contract covering 2014-2017.
Highlights of this agreement include:
Salary increases as follows:
- 2014-2015: 3.0 percent
- 2015-2016: 3.1 percent
- 2016-2017: 3.2 percent
Also included in the agreement:
- Availability of a 457 tax-deferred savings plan.
- Ability to buy back one unused vacation day beginning July 1, 2015.
- Increase in the rate of sick leave payout at retirement.
- Three unused personal leave days to convert to accumulated sick days.
Cohoes Principal Association, Region 6
The Cohoes Principal Association (CPA) was represented at the bargaining table by members Jackie Dechairo and Deanna Kelly. They were assisted in negotiations by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Mike Dawkins.
For each year of the new three-year contract, members will receive a flat $2,250 to base salary every July 1. Longevity steps were revised from 3, 7, and 12 years of service down to 3, 5, and 10 years of service. Under the new contract, members can now use $300 toward SAANYS dues, which constitutes a non-taxable fringe benefit. Personal days were increased from 4 days annually to 6 days, after 20 years of service.
CPA members will see an increase in employee cost sharing toward health insurance premiums of 3 percent over the three years of the contract period, but with no increase in the first year. At the end of the contract, starting on July 1, 2016, unit members will contribute 15 percent toward the cost of health insurance. To bring the principals in line with other bargaining units, the parties agreed that unit members whose spouses also work for Cohoes will now be ineligible for the health insurance buyout. In exchange, the sunset language in the health insurance buyout provision was removed, making the buyout a permanent contractual right.
Catskill Administrators Association, Region 6
The Catskill Administrators Association (CAA) was represented at the bargaining table by Lisa Schlenker, Cheryl Rabinowitz, Dawn Scannapieco, and Marielena Hauser. They were assisted in negotiations by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann.
In the new three-year contract, members receive a flat $2,500 to base salary on July 1, 2014; $2,000 on July 1, 2015; and $1,900 on July 1, 2016; along with revised longevity amounts twice during the contract. Prior to the new contract, members received longevity as follows: after 5 years – $800; 10 years – $900; 15 years – $1,000; and 20 years – $1,200. Longevity is cumulative. Under the new contract, as of July 1, 2014, each longevity step increases by $400. On July 1, 2016, the longevity amounts for the 15th and 20th longevity steps will increase by $200. CAA members will see an increase in employee cost sharing toward health insurance premiums of 3 percent over the three years of the contract period – one percent per year. In addition, the former parity clause relating to health insurance, i.e., “the district will provide the administrators with the same health insurance benefits as provided by the Catskill Teachers Association,” was removed so that the administrators alone control their health insurance negotiations. Vacation leave for current employees is 27 days, however, new employees hired prior to October 1, 2014 shall receive 22 days of vacation annually.
Arlington Administrators Association, Region 4
The Arlington Administrators Association was represented at the bargaining table by members Paul Fanuele and Eric Schetter, with assistance from other unit members. They consulted with SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann.
In order to correct previous step increase anomalies, a new step (13) was added to the schedule. Members will receive a 3 percent salary increase in the first year. After the first year, unit members agreed not to move on step for the next three years of this four-year contract, in exchange for a 2 percent increase to the salary schedule. In addition, the negotiating team added three new longevity steps at 18 years, 30 years, and 35 years, entitling eligible members to receive an additional $1,500 for each milestone.
The team also negotiated an increase by $1000 to the stipend of one title, elementary teacher assistant to the principal, during the life of the contract. In addition, if members in this title maintained their administrative certification, they would receive an additional $600 stipend.
In addition to NYSHIP, a new HMO health insurance plan, called EPO 20 was added. Unit members will contribute .5 percent more to their cost, or 13 percent starting on July 1, 2014; 14 percent on July 1, 2015; and 15 percent on July 1, 2016. No cost retirement health insurance will now require 10 years of continuous service. The Welfare Benefit Trust for administrators was increased by $150 to $2,050 for each year of the contract. In addition, the cap for payment of accrued vacation leave upon retirement was increased by five days, to a total of 70 days. A similar accrued vacation leave buyout for members who resign for any other purpose, other than retirement, was reduced by 8 days to a total of 57 days.
Wantagh Supervisors Association, Region 2
The Wantagh Supervisors Association was represented at the bargaining table by members Chris Widmann and Marie Pisicchio. They were joined by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann. The stipend for supervisors was increased from $8,000 by $750 for each year of the four-year contract, totaling $3,000 or 37.5 percent. In addition, the negotiating team obtained additional compensation for members, including $200 per college level/dual enrollment program, and 1.25 percent increases to the pre-existing stipend for coordinating Advanced Placement, SAT, and PSAT programs. All unit members will receive an increase in evening and/or weekend pay to $20.00 per evening or weekend event. The dollar amount for in-service training and conferences has increased by $500. Sick leave payout upon retirement is now subject to deposit into a non-elective IRC 403b account. In exchange, the unit agreed to work one additional day at the end of the school year. The unit also agreed to remove a position, the director of special education, from the bargaining unit because the district could not recruit desired candidates given the salary restriction. In exchange for giving up this position, the unit is guaranteed a four-year no-layoff provision for bargaining unit members.
Schalmont Administrators Association, Region 6
The Schalmont Administrators Association has completed a negotiated agreement with the Schalmont Central School District covering the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. The agreement provides for salary increases of 2 percent in each year of the contract. Health insurance contributions by members will increase to 20 percent of the premiums for all unit members by the expiration of the agreement. Presently, employees contribute 10 percent, 15 percent, or 20 percent of the premium, based on date of employment. One-time payments of $2,000.00, $1,500.00, and $500.00 will be provided in recognition of the differentiated increases. Other provisions include an increase in the amount of compensation for unused vacation days from $200.00 to $300.00 for each unused day, an increase in tuition reimbursement from $100.00 to $300.00 for each credit hour, and clarification of the procedure for Medicare reimbursement for retirees. The Schalmont Administrators Association negotiating team, Joby Gifford and John Gallo, was advised by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Rensselaer Supervisory Personnel Association, Region 6
The Rensselaer Supervisory Personnel Association recently completed a three-year agreement with the superintendent of the Rensselaer City School District covering the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. The agreement provides for base salary increases for each unit member of $2,500.00 during 2014-2015, 2 percent during 2015-2016, and 2.25 percent during 2016-2017. In addition, longevity amounts will increase by $500.00 beginning with ten years of service to the district. The “professional credit” flexible amount to be used for dues and/or the cafeteria plan will increase to $1,200.00. Health insurance opt-out amounts will increase slightly. Compensation for supervision of summer school will be $350.00 per day. The Rensselaer Supervisory Personnel Association was represented by President Karen Urbanski and SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Middleburgh Administrators Association, Region 6
The Middleburgh Administrators Association recently completed a negotiated agreement with the Middleburgh Central School District covering the period from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016. The agreement provides for a salary increase of 3 percent in 2013-2014, 2 percent in 2014-2015, and 2.5 percent in 2015-2016. A career increment of $1,300.00 will be added to the base pay of each unit member for every three years of administrative employment beginning with the seventh year. Minor increases in mail order prescription co-pays are part of the prescription drug plan. The agreement reflects a restructuring of administrative positions so that all unit members work eleven months. The Middleburgh Administrators Association negotiating team of Maura Green and Lori Petrosino was assisted by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Cambridge Administrators Association, Region 6
The Cambridge Administrators Association has completed negotiation of a three-year agreement with the Cambridge Central School District to cover the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. Salary increases are 2 percent during each year of the contract as well as improvement in longevity adjustments to begin after five consecutive years of employment and to be received after 5, 8, and 12 years of service. An increase in member contribution to health insurance premiums from 10 percent to 17 percent will occur during the term of the contract. The agreement also includes an option for health insurance buy-outs of $4,500.00 (family), $3,100.00 (two-person), and $1,500.00 (Individual). These amounts will be reduced to $3,500.00, $2,500.00, and $1,500.00 by expiration of the contract. Other provisions include an option for each member to be compensated for up to five unused vacation days each year and some adjustment to responsibility stipends. Negotiators Colleen Lester and Tammy Silvernell were assisted by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington.
Adirondack Central School Administrators Association, Region 8
The Adirondack Central School Administrators Association, assisted by SAANYS Negotiator Fred Kirsch, recently completed negotiations for a successor agreement. Highlights include:
- Four year agreement with a 4 percent increase in each year.
- One-time payment to each unit member of five days per diem (at current salary) for additional work related to APPR in 2012-2013.
- Ability to work five extra days annually in excess of contractual work requirement at the administrators discretion for per diem compensation.
- Increase from $65 to $75 paid for accumulated sick leave at retirement.
- Accepted three-tier drug plan in return for spelling out health insurance terms in the contract, and the establishment of an annual $5,000 fund for unit members and retirees to submit drug copay receipts for reimbursement.
- Added vision coverage for retirees and improved vision benefits for all.
- Added 457 savings option.
- Increased personal days by one to six per year.
- In a separate MOU, the unit negotiated a one-time additional retirement incentive of $40,000 for 2013-2014.
Wappingers Administrators Association, Region 4
The Wappingers Administrators Association with assistance from SAANYS General Council Art Scheuermann and Negotiator Dr. Michael Dawkins negotiated a new three-year contract, expiring on June 30, 2016. The agreement provides for an annual increase in base salary equal to the property tax cap, but no less than 1.5 percent or greater than 2 percent. In addition, for the 2014-15 school year, each member’s salary shall increase by an additional 1 percent as a result of changing health plans. For the 2015-16 school year, if 65 percent of the unit members enroll in the EPO 20 Plan, one of the new health insurance options, then each member’s base salary shall increase by another 1 percent. If less than 65 percent, but more than 50 percent of the members switch to the EPO plan, as of May 31, 2015, then each member’s salary shall increase by an additional .75 percent. Other new negotiated benefits include, accelerating by 5 years (from 11 years to 6 years of service) receipt of an additional five days of vacation leave (the first step to obtaining an annual cash payout); introducing a child rearing leave clause into the contract; including for the first time a bereavement leave provision; amending the sick leave clause to allow the use of such leave to care for an ill immediate family member; and, changing the recognition clause to change the title of assistant coordinator of special education to assistant director of special education.
Spackenkill Administrators Association, Region 4
Spackenkill Administrators Association negotiated a new contract with the assistance of Labor Relations Specialist John Knight and General Counsel Arthur Scheuermann. The annual salary increases negotiated were 1.75 percent for each year of the new three-year contract. In exchange for dropping a filed grievance, and accepting a new health insurance plan with an additional 1 percent contribution toward the premium cost of health insurance (members will be paying 13 percent in the last year of contract), members received the following additional money: (1) increasing the annual buyback of vacation days by two days, or the equivalent of approximately 1 percent (made annually as a non-elective 403(b) payment); (2) receiving an additional $250 per year in their discretionary fund, which is approximately .75 percent of 1 percent increase in total money; (3) receiving an additional $300 in year one and another $300 increase in year two (or about .6 percent of 1 percent) which can be directed for various additional insurance or investment benefits; and, (4) increasing in the last year of the contract, the first longevity step (after four years) by $400 (or roughly .4 percent of 1 percent), for all members who have achieved four years of service. Thus, the off-step increases are worth approximately 5.4 percent coupled with 5.25 percent on step, for about 10.65 percent over three years, in exchange for a new health insurance plan and a 1 percent increase in employee cost sharing of the premium for health insurance.
Schoharie Administrators Association, Region 6
The Schoharie Administrators Association successfully negotiated an agreement with the Schoharie Central School District covering the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2016. The agreement provides for salary increases of 1.5 percent during years two, three, and four of the contract. Health insurance costs increase to 15 percent of premiums to be paid by members for individual and family coverage by the end of the agreement, and the co-payment for certain prescription drugs increases by $5. The district will provide a health reimbursement account in the amount of $1,500 each year for each administrator and will provide long-term disability insurance. Compensation for unused sick days upon retirement will increase to $75 per day up to 315 accumulated days. Schoharie Administrators were assisted by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington in completing the agreement. Ratified by both parties December 19, 2013.
Rome Administrators Association, Region 8
Rome Administrators Association (RAA) was represented at the bargaining table by members Mark Benson, Nancy Kristl, Nancy Opperman, Ric Ripa, Sheila Spencer, and Karen Miller. They were assisted in negotiations by General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Fred Kirsch. The unit agreed to a two-year, retroactive to July 1, 2012, of 1.8 percent salary increase per year. In addition, the unit negotiated a $1,000 payment each year for re-certification of APPR training or an equivalent certification, bringing the total new money to about 4.5 percent for the contract’s duration. The only give back affects new hires, requiring 35 percent payment toward the premium cost of family health insurance coverage. Current members continue to receive 100 percent district paid individual health insurance and pay 17.7 percent for family coverage.
North Rockland Administrators Association, Region 5
The Haverstraw-Stony Point administrators, more commonly known as the North Rockland Administrators Association (NRAA), was represented at the bargaining table by members Joan Murphy, Robert Thomann, Diane Bane, Andrew Zullo, and Joe Lloyd. They consulted with General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist John Knight. NRAA negotiated a new three-year contract expiring on June 30, 2017. Within the NRAA contract, there are two salaries schedules for administrators based on date of hire and where the person is currently situated within their respective schedule. Step increases are typically over 2 percent. Under the terms of the new three-year contract new compensation was as follows: Schedule A members receive a mid-year step increase on step in years one, two, and three; and for those off step, a .5 percent increase. Schedule B members receive a mid-year .5 percent increase to salary. Employee cost sharing for health insurance increases in year two by 1 percent and in year three by 2 percent. As of July 1, 2017, bargaining unit members within Schedule A will pay 18 percent and Schedule B will pay 13 percent for health insurance. Current members will continue to be reimbursed at cost of Medicare Part B charges. However, the continuation of this at cost reimbursement will expire at the end of the contract.
Northport Association of School Administrators, Region 1
Northport Association of School Administrators (NASA) was represented at the bargaining table by members Irene McLaughlin, Michael Genovese, Tim Hoss, Jeff Haubrich, and Chelsea Brown. They were assisted in negotiations by General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Tom O’Brien. A three-year agreement was negotiated as follows: Compensation: Year 1: step increase valued at 3.09 percent. Off step will receive $1,700 off base. Year 2: 1 percent salary increase plus step. Off step will receive an additional $1,850 off base. Year 3: 1 percent salary increase then bifurcated step payment, i.e., ½ step on July 1, then ½ step paid January 1, 2015. Any member off step in the third year will receive a $1,000 off base increase in addition to 1 percent. Health Insurance: A 1 percent increase in contributions toward health insurance premiums on July 1, 2013 (19 percent) and July 1, 2014 (20 percent).
Hicksville Council of Principals, Assistant Principals, Supervisors, and Department Chairs, Region 2
Hicksville Council of Principals, Assistant Principals, Supervisors, and Department Chairs, represented by members Mike Dunn, Mara Jorisch, and Philip Grusenmeyer, and assisted in negotiations by General Counsel Art Scheuermann and Labor Relations Specialist Frank McDermott, have reached a settlement on a six-year deal. The prior contract expired on June 30, 2011. In each of the first two years, members received step increases of 1.91 percent. Starting in the current school year, 2013-14, members will receive step plus .75 percent, .75 percent in 2014-15, .50 percent in 2015-16, and .75 percent for the 2016-17 school year. In total, with step, the annual raise is 2.37 percent per year. In addition, a provision was added to adopt language covering the outcome of the appeal in the NYSHIP health insurance buyout litigation that SAANYS and NYSUT have prosecuted.
Queensbury Administrators and Supervisors Association, Region 6
The Queensbury Administrators and Supervisors Association completed a negotiated agreement with the superintendent of the Queensbury School District covering the period from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. The agreement provides for salary increases of 2.75 percent each year of the agreement. An additional $250 will be added each year to each longevity step (after 4, after 9, and after 14 years of service to the district). Longevity payments are continuous. Health insurance contributions by members will increase to 17 percent of the premium for the PPO plan for employees hired before June 30, 2012 on July 1, 2014 and to 18 percent of the premium on July 1, 2016. Employees hired after June 30, 2012 contribute 20 percent of the premium. The Queensbury Administrators and Supervisors Association negotiating team of Patrick Pomerville, Kyle Gannon, and Carolyn Manzella was advised by SAANYS Labor Relations Specialist Jennie Pennington. Ratified December 17, 2013.
Port Jervis Association of Principals, Region 5
Port Jervis Association of Principals (PJAP) was represented at the bargaining table by members Andrew Marotta, Donna Muro, Linda Korycki, and Brett Cancredi, and assisted in negotiations by SAANYS General Counsel Art Scheuermann. As to compensation, PJAP enjoys an eight step salary schedule with increments valued at 1.5 percent. In addition, the salary schedule will have annual increases of .75 percent for 2013-14 (2.25 percent overall), 1.25 percent for 2014-15 (2.75 percent overall), 1.50 percent for 2015-16 (3.0 percent overall), and 1.0 percent in 2016-17 (2.5 percent overall). Any member off step would receive a $1,500 payment in the first year after being off the salary schedule. In addition, longevity amounts at 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 25 years, and 30 years (reduced to 29 years in this successor contract) each increased by $500. Many provisions in the PJAP contract referred to the benefits defined in the school district’s teachers’ contract. As such, this contract specific language was included relating to sick leave (15 days per year), personal leave (4 days per year), and bereavement leave (3 days per year). In addition, retirement health insurance and dental insurance benefits were set forth with particularity in this contract. Finally, the unit negotiated a benefit that allows two non-resident association member’s children to attend district schools tuition free. This contract did not result in any notable give-back.
Ballston Spa Administrative Council, Region 6
The Ballston Spa Administrative Council has completed negotiation of a three-year agreement with the Ballston Spa Central School District to cover the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. Compensation increases are: Merit step only during 2012-2013; 1.5 percent plus 1.25 percent or 1.5 percent based on HEDI ratings during 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 for principals. The 1.5 percent plus the additional merit amounts are available to non-principals determined by a different rating scale. The agreement includes an increase in retiree contribution to health insurance for administrators who retire after July 1, 2014; the amount of contribution is determined by years of service to the district. Other provisions include an increase in the number of vacation days that may be carried over and a “work from home on emergency closing days” statement. Negotiators Kim Bolster, Kristi Jensen, Sharon D’Agostino, and Dave Blanchard were assisted by Arthur Scheuermann, SAANYS general counsel and Jennie Pennington, SAANYS labor relations specialist. Ratified December 16, 2013.
Champlain Valley BOCES Supervisory District, Region 7
The Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington BOCES Administrative Unit recently completed a negotiated agreement with the Champlain Valley BOCES Supervisory District covering the period from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. The agreement provides for salary increases of 0 percent in 2012-2013, $1,250 in 2013-2014, and $1,750 in 2014-2015. Health insurance contributions in retirement for future members of the bargaining unit are dependent upon years of service to the Champlain Valley BOCES. The agreement includes APPR provisions. Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington BOCES Administrative Unit negotiators Thomas Ryan and Grace Stay were assisted by Jennie Pennington, SAANYS labor relations specialist. Ratified Nov 6, 2013.