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July 18, 2014

Haverhill school administrators get new contract and pay raise

Agree to pay more for health care in 6-year deal

HAVERHILL — About 30 school administrators are set to receive a 4.5 percent pay raise in exchange for agreeing to pay more for their health care coverage.

The School Committee approved a new, six-year contract this week for the bargaining group, which includes assistant school principals, supervisors and directors.

A lawyer for the administrators, Colin Confoey, said the administrators group still has to approve the contract before it can go into effect. He said they planned to meet soon to vote on it. He declined further comment.

No other city worker has waited longer for a new deal. The administrators have been working under a contract that expired in 2008.

The new deal covers only the six years since the old contract expired. The new contract is entirely retroactive and expired last month.

City Solicitor William Cox said all city contracts with school labor unions expired last month and that the School Committee has already begun new negotiations with most unions. An initial bargaining session was scheduled with the teachers union this week, for instance, Cox said.

The School Committee signed its current contract with teachers in 2011 after five years of drawn-out and often-contentious negotiations. The teachers’ deal included the same 4.5 percent pay raise over six years and the health care concessions that are in the administrators’ new deal.

According to the contract, the administrators will pay 25 percent of the cost of their health insurance, with the city picking up the rest. New employees will pay 30 percent. The city has been paying 80 percent of the cost of health insurance premiums for school administrators.

The deal also allows the school district to evaluate administrators annually, another provision the School Committee has been inserting into new contracts with teachers and other workers.

The School Committee approved the administrators contract this week by a 7-0 vote.

“It’s a good contract for both sides and I’m proud to support it,” Mayor James Fiorentini said after the vote.

The mayor is School Committee chairman.

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