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December 3, 2013

Beekmantown unions switch to Plan B

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“We’re really proud of our district for taking this step forward (and) proud of our staff for recognizing that this is a step toward sustainability,” BCS Board President Debbie Passno told the Press-Republican.

SUPERVISORS

The Beekmantown Support Staff Supervisors Association also recently negotiated the switch to Plan B with a Health Reimbursement Agreement.

That three-year contract took effect July 1 and calls for a salary increase of 1.45 percent, plus $495 each year, which, Mannix noted, averages out to a similar increase to that granted in the Teachers and Support Staff agreements.

The district’s confidential and managerial employees are covered by Plan B, as well; though, their contracts have no Health Reimbursement Agreement.

LONG NEGOTIATIONS

Collective bargaining for the Teachers and Support Staff associations began early this year, and both groups’ contracts expired on July 1; however, negotiations were in impasse at that time.

“They were long negotiation processes,” Mannix said.

In addition, the superintendent applauded the Teachers Association for making previous concessions, including a pay freeze last year that saved the district about $300,000.

CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Plan B has also been a topic of discussion among members of the Plattsburgh City School Board over the past several months.

At the urging of taxpayers, the board has been considering unilaterally switching the district’s Teachers Association and Civil Service Employees Association members from Plan A to the less costly plan.

Some City School Board members have shown public support for the switch, while others have spoken out against it; however, no action has been taken on the matter.

Though both unions’ contracts allow the board to swap plans unilaterally, representatives from the Plattsburgh Teachers Association have publicly asked that the matter be negotiated.

The City School estimates that switching all active teachers and CSEA members to Plan B would save the district $580,543 annually.

LEADERS

By making the move, Mannix noted, Beekmantown Central’s unions are continuing to lead the way in Clinton County.

“This is really monumental,” he said.

Email Ashleigh Livingston:alivingston@pressrepublican.com

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