Manchester school district, teachers' union reach tentative deal
The teachers, who make up the largest union in the city, have been working without a contract since last July, after several rounds of negotiations failed to yield agreements.
“We’ve been working on it probably the last four to five months and strenuously for the past three weeks,” he said, adding, “I would hope it would move forward.”
The MEA was the only district employee union that rebuffed contracts pushed by the school board committee last year that raised health care premium contribution rates from the single digits to 15 to 20 percent, while offering yearly salary increases of 2.17 percent — equal to last year’s tax cap.
Should the contract be approved, the mayor and aldermen will have to grapple with new calculations for the district’s 2015 budget, which must be finalized in about a month. Teachers’ pay and benefits make up a large share of the budget.