In the last ACE newsletter, we mentioned that ACE asked for a 6% COLA from the District and an additional 1% be added to the salary schedule for step 7. The District responded with a 2% COLA and agreed to an additional 1% to step 7.
Since then, we have reached a tentative agreement on health benefits where there will be no increase to health care premiums for the 2016-2017 year and some additional language regarding layoffs. Our negotiations have been stalled regarding the COLA as the District wanted to finalize with FA before agreeing to any other economic terms from ACE. Yesterday, Monday, April 11th at 4 p.m., the District and FA verbally agreed to a 3% COLA.
We are meeting with the District on April 20th with the intention of wrapping up our negotiations.
Christopher M Dubeau
Chair of Negotiations, ACE