Contract OK'd for Manchester's school paraprofessionals
"We have made the same offer to everybody, in terms of pay and health benefits," Avard said in an interview after the board meeting Wednesday.
Under the agreement, the paraprofessionals will see their premium contribution rates go from 7 percent to 15 percent, and co-pays from $5 to $20. The exact rates will vary depending on whether employees opt for a plan with a Health Maintenance Organization or a Health Savings Account.
Avard said the contract will lead to $189,000 in savings in the first year of the two-year contract and will cost $113,000 more in the second year. He said the net savings would be $69,000.
Ward 3 board member Christopher Stewart, who is also on the negotiations committee, praised the paraprofessionals for their willingness to compromise, and noted that it was the first contract agreement reached under the tax cap.
The board voted unanimously — with one abstention — to ratify the agreement with the paraprofessionals. Mayor Ted Gatsas voted against it.
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