The Octorara Area School District Board of Directors voted on Monday October 19, 2015 to approve an agreement with the Octorara Area Education Association. The agreement was previously ratified by the members of the Octorara Area Education Association which represents 202 Professional Employees and 93 Support Employees. Upon ratification by the Board of Directors, Adam Udell, representing the Association came forward to officially notify the public of the Association’s ratification of the agreement. The agreement is for four years, retroactively starting July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2018.
The agreement calls for the following conditions related to salary and benefits:
2014-2015 One Time Off Scale Payment of $750
2015-2106 $450 Added to Each Step and Level Plus Movement for Seniority
2016-2017 $500 Added to Each Step and Level Plus Movement for Seniority
2017-2018 $550 Added to Each Step and Level Plus Movement for Seniority
2014-2015 2.6% Increase
2015-2016 2.6% Increase
2016-2017 2.6% Increase
2017-2018 2.6% Increase
2015-2016 through 2017-2018 Change in Medical Plan to reduce overall costs by increased co pays and adding deductibles.
2015-2016 through 2017-2018 Change in Prescription Plan to reduce overall costs by instituting limitations and exclusions of some prescriptions, instituting a generic step therapy provision and increasing the brand name co pay.
The agreement is the result of 22 months of hard work by the two parties, including approximately 30 face-to-face meetings and separate meetings by both parties amounting to over 80 hours of deliberation by the negotiating teams.