Wicomico school employee unions again forgo contract negotiations

Jul 8, 2011 by

SALISBURY — Wicomico County school officials said the decision by local employee unions to forgo negotiations this year were unprecedented.

While it was clear salary increases were probably not an option for this year, officials said employee groups would normally seek other benefits through changes to the language of the contract.

“This saved a lot of time for staff and it saved money in the sense that people could spend time and resources on other tasks,” said Stacy Messick, coordinator of employee relations.

Chief negotiator for the school board during contract talks, Messick said meetings with employee groups normally begin in the fall and happen about a dozen times a year.

This year, the Wicomico County Education Association teachers’ union was joined by the Association of Public Schools Administrators and Supervisors in agreeing to continue working under the terms of their existing contracts. For APSAS, it was the second year of forgoing formal contract negotiations.

Officials said the third employee bargaining group — the



— only sought minimal changes in language in the agreement for its members and also did not receive a pay increase for the coming year.

via Wicomico school employee unions again forgo contract negotiations | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com.

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