The Rockford School Board approved an agreement tonight with AFSCME Local 1275, the district's bus drivers union. This ends the nearly year-long negotiations with the district's approximately 235 bus drivers. Union members voted May 26 to accept the School Board's last, best and final offer dated Nov. 15, 2016. The union's action cancels the School Board's plans to negotiate a contract with First Student to outsource transportation services.
The agreement is a three-year contract that will continue through June 30, 2019. It contains the same terms, wages and benefits bus drivers have been working under since January when the School Board voted to implement its last, best, final offers to AFSCME Local 692 (paraprofessionals), AFSCME Local 1275 (bus drivers) and AFSCME Local 3210 (nutrition services).
"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 staff.
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