Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has reached a tentative agreement today with the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) that honors educators’ dedication and expertise and demonstrates the District’s commitment to them. Today’s agreement is the first in a series of agreements with the Unions.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is privileged to have among our professional ranks a highly qualified, skilled, and caring instructional staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Ensuring they have a contract that honors their dedication and talent is paramount. Despite difficult economic conditions, we have reached an agreement, through compassionate and practical negotiations, that provides teachers and instructional personnel with a compensation package that demonstrates the great respect we have and the high value we place on the work they do every single day.
The Agreement includes salary increases, retention supplements for mid to late career teachers, and a 2018 Employee Benefit Program which continues a free option for employees inclusive of benefit enhancements. The majority of employees will receive a salary adjustment of 2.0 – 2.67 percent not including state bonuses that range from up to $800 to $1200 for highly effective teachers. The minimum salary was increased to $41,000 and the maximum salary for the most experienced teachers was also increased to $72,720. Additionally mid-career to late career teachers are receiving a District funded supplement of $750 to $1,500. Ultimately, when combining District funds and State funded bonuses, teachers will receive adjustments to their salary anywhere from above a 2.0 percent to just below 6.7 percent
averaging above a 4.3 percent.
“While we recognize that our teachers deserve much more, we are elated to have reached an agreement that both sides support,” Carvalho added. “We will continue to collaboratively advocate for greater investments in public education.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho shakes hands with United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats after tentative agreement is reached.
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