Board, GPA Agree to New Three-Year Contract

The Glenview District 34 Board of Education voted to approve a three-year contract with the Glenview Professional Association (GPA) on Monday, June 19. The new contract will take effect July 1, 2017 and run through June 30, 2020.
 
The contract will allow for flat dollar increases for all support staff in 2017-18, a flat dollar increase for all associate staff with a 2 percent increase for all other categories in 2018-19, and a 2 percent increase for all categories in 2019-20. Additionally, there will be eight paid holidays added to the calendar for all 10-month and 11-month employees: this change brings the District’s benefits offering into much closer alignment with what is provided by other area school districts.
 
“Our support staff members are vital to the success of our district and provide crucial support in all nine of our buildings. We appreciate the opportunity to have worked collaboratively and efficiently with the GPA to negotiate a contract that properly recognizes their service and provides greater support for ongoing success,” said Board President Sam Ach.
 
As part of negotiations, the district collected data from comparable districts, some of which included those in Northfield Township, as well as ongoing analysis of our healthcare plan utilization. As a result of that review, we recognized the need to increase salaries to be better aligned with the market, but also the opportunity to realize some offsetting savings through modest changes in our health insurance plans. Beginning January 1, 2018, the district health insurance plan for support staff moves to a different PPO option.
 
“This important adjustment in salaries will allow us to more competitively attract candidates for open positions as well as retain our existing employees,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Patricia Wernet. “At the same time, we needed to be mindful of our financial resources, and we were able to do so by allocating savings realized from the change in health insurance plans.”
 
Outside of the salary increases and paid holidays, the new contract also added an additional day to the calendar for professional development for all 10-month and 11-month employees. Additionally, there will be an increased compensation rate for qualified support staff temporarily assigned to act as substitute teachers. There were also updates, as well as clarifications, regarding retirement notification, breaks, toileting stipend and length of the day and school year.
 
There are approximately 264 full-time and part-time support staff professionals. These include associates, custodians, maintenance, food service employees, administrative assistants and health coordinators/nurses.