Following negotiations that began almost a year ago, Rockford Public Schools' Bus Drivers union, AFSCME Local 1275, voted Friday, May 26, to accept the Rockford School Board's Last, Best and Final Offer dated November 15, 2016. While approved by the union's membership, the contract must yet be ratified by the Board of Education at its next scheduled meeting; the board voted Jan. 24 to implement its last, best, final offers to AFSCME Local 692 (paraprofessionals), AFSCME Local 1275 (bus drivers) and AFSCME Local 3210 (nutrition services).
The agreement is a three-year contract that will continue through June 30, 2019.
The union's action cancels the School Board's June 1 vote on a contract with First Student to outsource transportation services. The School Board voted May 9 to begin negotiating a contract with First Student.
"I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with our AFSCME Local 1275 bus drivers' union," said Superintendent Ehren Jarrett. "We understand how difficult this process has been for our staff, students, families and our community. We look forward to continuing our work together of making Rockford Public Schools the first choice for all families."
"In our contract proposal, we went to great lengths to balance what was fair and equitable for our employees and being good stewards of our taxpayers money," said School Board President Ken Scrivano. "We will continue to bargain with each labor union in good faith."
Negotiations continue with paraprofessionals and nutrition services.
Details of the contract can be found here: http://www3.rps205.com/News/Pages/MediaAdvisory.aspx