Board of Education, WESSA reach agreement on contract extension, concessions

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(January 31, 2012) The Westerville City School District Board of Education today approved a two-year contract extension with the Westerville Educational Support Staff Association (WESSA) that includes wage freezes and a conditional increase to employee contributions to Health Savings Accounts.

The contract, which will be in effect from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014, includes a freeze on base salaries and a freeze on step increases for the duration of the agreement. WESSA also has agreed to phase out the Board of Education’s contribution toward its members’ Health Savings Accounts (HSA), pending approval of the same concession by the district’s other three bargaining units.

Negotiated agreements in 2005 called for the Board of Education to contribute 50 percent of maximum insurance deductibles to help employees transition to the district’s high-deductible healthcare plan. Under the new WESSA contract and contingent upon other bargaining units’ actions, the Board’s contribution would decrease on January 1, 2013, from $600 to $300 for those electing single coverage and from $1,200 to $600 for those with family coverage. The Board’s contribution to HSA deductibles would be eliminated entirely on January 1, 2014.

WESSA represents 149 district support staff such as secretaries, clerk typists, health aides, English as a Second Language paraprofessionals and bilingual aides, study hall monitors and building duty monitors.