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Huntley School District 158, support staff union resolve salary dispute

Administration, support staff union disagreed on how to gauge raises

HUNTLEY – Support staff from Huntley District 158 will receive an extra bump in their salary increases next year, after union leaders and administrators recently resolved a dispute over the calculation behind the raises.

Administrative assistants, teacher aides, nurses and other support staff who make up the Huntley Education Support Personnel Association will receive an additional 0.125 percent above their negotiated increases for the 2015-16 school year.

The additional 0.125 percent comes after HESPA filed a grievance in September that disputed the Consumer Price Index district officials used to calculate the raises.

The “amicable” agreement resolves the grievance, both Superintendent John Burkey and HESPA President Tammra Fabis said in a joint statement to the Northwest Herald.

“There were differing interpretations of the contract language over how to obtain CPI. The differences involved very small amounts of money. ... Both the district and HESPA are pleased with the agreement,” the statement read.

With the change, a HESPA employee with a current $20,000 base salary would earn an additional $25, according to school district documents. About 350 district employees make up the union.

In late 2012, the district and HESPA agreed to a three-year contract extension that included regular salary increases and a performance bonus. The raises were guaranteed not to dip below 2 percent and were capped at 5 percent.

The contract expires in June 2016.

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