Among the agenda items outlined for the Hartford school board’s meeting Tuesday night is voting on a new, proposed collective bargaining agreement with the Hartford Federation of Teachers.
The union’s current three-year contract expires June 30, 2014. Negotiations for the new pact began in October, and HFT and the school system reached a tentative agreement Friday, according to the district.
The length of the contract and other details were not immediately available, but it appears that the parties have avoided arbitration this time around.
For the current agreement that expires at the end of this school year, an arbitration panel in February 2011 rejected the school system’s attempt to enforce school-based seniority — rather than citywide seniority — when it comes to layoffs. It was the only item from the contract that went to arbitration; former Superintendent Steven Adamowski had argued for a system in which seniority “bumping” would occur within individual schools, instead of the current practice where an educator at a neighborhood school could “bump” a teacher who was hired more recently at one of the city’s redesigned specialty schools or academies.
That contract also extended the official work day for teachers — as of July 31, it’s now 7 hours and 30 minutes — and included $2,500 performance bonuses for teachers at schools that significantly improve student achievement. Teachers received general wage increases of 2 percent in 2011-12, 2 percent in 2012-13 and 3 percent in 2013-14, plus an annual “step” raise for seniority.