Negotiations Update

Post date: Jul 29, 2012 12:28:01 AM

New Canaan Education Association

Negotiations Update

July 19, 2012

Dear NCEA Members:

The bargaining team for our next contract which will go into effect on July 1, 2013 has the following NCEA members: Chris Tournas and Jim Zambarano (NCHS); Trevor Leckie, Karen Scalzo and Vivian Birdsall (MS); and Renee Hollander, Darren Bruce and Jackee Hyla (Elementary). The Team Chairperson is Ronna Van Veghel. Dr. Joan Hughes, our CEA representative, is assisting the team. We have been working on this contract and our proposals this spring and summer.

Our first meeting with the Board occurred on June 14, 2012. The Board’s team consists of the following: Alison Bedula, Penny Rashin, Kathy Smith, Board Chairperson Hazel Hobbs, Mary Kolek, Gary Kass (HR), Gene Goodman, Rob Mallozzi (First Selectman) representing the Fiscal Authority, and attorney Tom Mooney.

The teams have scheduled all of our negotiations sessions through mediation on September 18, 2012. The NCEA team is planning an informational meeting around the opening of school to share information with our members about our survey results, our proposals, and the status of bargaining. The team is also planning to provide settlement information (if we settle) to the membership at least 24 hours prior to the ratification vote. We are working on the details of how this can be done in the most secure way, since we have heard concerns from our members.

We will post updates. Please continue to check and look for our upcoming informational meeting.

Thank you,

Your Negotiations Team

P.S. On the insurance front, the Board of Finance has decided not to take $2 million out of the insurance reserve account based on threat of litigation by the NCEA. The Board of Education has put their full contribution into the fund for 2012-2013 ($9,087,400). The insurance rates we received represent another 1% of premium contribution on July 1, 2012, and the premium rates increase on September 1, 2012 by 4.4%. We are now having our insurance consultant check the 4.4% increase, but the reserve is intact.