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Contract Negotiations Progress Reported

Dear Ramsey Community:

Last night, June 27th, the Ramsey Board of Education formally approved contracts with three of its bargaining units:  the Ramsey Supervisors Association (RSA), the Ramsey Administrators Association (RAA), and the Ramsey Education Association (REA).

 The RSA contract is a three-year contract effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. There were changes in language to reflect current practice, updated regulations, and to provide administration greater flexibility.  The salary increase for this group is 2.52% per annum, which is divided among the group pursuant to a salary distribution chart.

 The RAA contract is a three-year contract effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020, which covers our building principals and assistant principals.  There were changes in language to reflect current practice, updated regulations, and to provide administration greater flexibility.  The salary increase for this group is 2.4% per annum, which is divided among the group pursuant to a salary distribution chart.

 The REA contract is a four-year contract effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020.  Highlights of the contract include the following:

  • Salary Increases:

Teaching staff %:                                                Secretaries %:  

2016/17 – 2.24%                                                        2.24%

2017/18 – 2.55%                                                        2.30%

2018/19 – 2.65%                                                        2.40%

2019/20 – 2.90%                                                        2.70%

That is an average of 2.585% for teachers and 2.41% for secretaries over the life of the contract.

  • Health Benefits: Employees hired on or after July 1, 2017 may not enroll in NJ Direct 10 before reaching tenure, but instead shall enroll in the NJ Direct 15 or any other state-offered school employee medical plan.
  • Chapter 78 Health Benefit Employee Contributions:  The rates by which Ramsey teachers contribute to their individual health care premiums is determined by a graduated structure, with employees at the higher end of salary grades paying a greater percentage of their individual premiums than those at the lower end.  Effective July 1, 2017, full-time REA members will pay up to 27% of the premium cost for their medical and prescription benefit coverage.

We thank all of our groups for their hard work and cooperation in resolving these negotiations.  Finding an amicable resolution to the current contractual situation with the REA was a challenge for both the teachers' representatives and the board.  We're all pleased that these negotiations have been successfully completed, and teachers and all other district employees will be able to focus with clarity on a successful school year that benefits all our students.

Sincerely, 

 

The Ramsey Board of Education