Youngstown non-teaching union ratifies 3-year pact

Youngstown City Schools bus

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Board of Education ratified a three-year agreement Wednesday with its non-teaching union.

The agreement was ratified by AFSCME Locals 1143, 1143-A and 1143-B on May 21, according to a news release sent by the Youngstown Board of Education. The locals represent non-certificated employees, including educational assistants, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and food service employees.

The board said health care was the most challenging issue during negotiations. Under the new contract, the district will no longer be the self-insured health care provider for ASFCME non-certificated employees. Effective, July 1, the district will contract with insurance consortium, Stark County Council of Governments (Stark COG), to administer the health care plan for ASFCME members.

The board said contracting with Stark COG will save the district money and will allow the employees to continue with current contributions of 10 percent toward health care costs. It also will allow employees to transition into the new health plan by incentive payments structured over the next two years, effective September and December 2015, and July and December 2016.

The new contract also provides a 2 percent pay increase for union members each of the next three years, retroactive to Feb. 1. The contract expires Feb. 1, 2017.

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