Hartford Teachers Ratify Three-Year Contract

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The 1,750-member Hartford Federation of Teachers last night voted overwhelmingly to ratify a proposed three-year agreement that would raise wages by 9 percent over the life of the contract, ending in mid-2017, union President Andrea Johnson said.

In 2014-15, the first year of the pact, the total cost increase for raises distributed across the union would be 3.19 percent. In the second and third years, respectively, the wage increases would amount to 3.04 and 2.86 percent, Johnson said.

The union’s current contract with the city schools expires June 30. Under the agreement that would begin July 1, existing union members can keep their health insurance, but they will also have the option of enrolling in a new health savings account plan instead of their PPO. New teachers hired after July 1 can only enroll in the HSA plan.

The agreement maintains the current length of the school day, Johnson told Cityline.

“There is nothing really major as far as change,” she said Friday. “I think the rank-and-file is happy with it.”

The city council must approve the HFT agreement before it is final, possibly within the coming weeks. The school board approved it last month.

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