The Cherokee Education Association presented the Cherokee School District its initial proposal for the 2013-2014 Master Contract last week, calling for an approximate 5.7 percent increase in the total package.
Citing the fact that health insurance costs have become a major portion of the District's cost for the bargaining unit, the CEA deferred on a firm final figure until it receives the necessary information regarding the cost of insurance premiums for next year.
Their new proposal increases the current Health & Major Medical (HAMM) by 10 percent and the CEA said that once actual insurance rates are known for next year they would be able to make a total package calculation at that time.
The new proposal also calls for a change in the base pay from the current $30,665 to $31,400, and would increase the current Vertical Increment pay scale from $930 to $1,030.
The CEA proposal is based on 187 working days, the same as is covered in the current 2012-2013 salary schedule. According to the CEA proposal, any additional days worked would be paid per diem based on the 2012-2013 salary schedule.
Also regarding HAMM, the Association asks that if the Iowa Legislature passes a law that is then signed by the Governor that alters the previously bargained health care benefits which result in cost savings to the District, said savings will be dollar for dollar added to the employee salary schedule.
The District will next present its proposal to the CEA and the Collective Bargaining process will commence.
In other action last week, the Board approved the resignation of Paul McEntaffer as instrumental music teacher at Washington High School and approved a Schedule B WHS instrumental music contract to Alan Yeager for Spring 2013.
The Board also approved a contract for Cindy Sizeland for a bus driver/mail courier position.