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About the new teachers’ contract for ConVal

As many are aware, the current four year teachers’ contract expires on June 30, 2015. In the coming year, we will begin the process of negotiating a new union contract between the ConVal School District and the ConVal Education Association. It is important that the resultant contract be one that represents an equitable agreement for both parties, as well as the taxpayers, who must ultimately vote to approve funding.

The following table was developed from union contracts contained in State of New Hampshire Public Employee Labor Relations Board website and are readily available to all.

Based on the below, the wages, at least the starting salaries, do not appear to be significantly out of pattern with the rest of the region, whereas health-plan contributions are significantly less comparable. In light of the fact that the Consumer Price Index and other measures of economic growth have been relatively flat over the past four years, as well as the relative parity in salary above, I don’t believe that significant wage growth in the future contract is in order.

I definitely do believe that health-benefit contributions by employees should be brought to a level that is more comparable with the rest of the local area SAUs.

Paul J. McGrath lives in Francestown.

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