Friday, August 21, 2015

CONTACT: Daisy Gonzalez-Diego
Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Salary, benefits proposal for teachers, educational support personnel reached before the start of school

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) reached a tentative agreement with the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) ahead of the new school year for the first time in more than 15 years. This agreement will benefit nearly 30,000 employees across the District.

“This historic agreement represents our investment, both intellectually and financially, in the value of our teachers and the work they do,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Despite years of economic challenges and tax shortfalls, we were still able to negotiate an agreement that dignifies and honors the teaching profession.”

The tentative agreement represents an average four percent compensation adjustment which includes an approximate three percent salary increase and a one percent healthcare salary savings to teachers and educational support personnel.

Under the proposed salary and benefits package, the district’s three employee healthcare options have been enhanced with upgraded pharmaceutical benefits. Most employees will benefit from equal or lower cost shares than they paid last year with additional plan enhancements to include pharmaceutical benefits. A newly developed Transparency Tool will be implemented to provide employees with choice and valuable information to select high quality, lower cost options and be rewarded with cash incentives. Employees will continue to have a free option for healthcare.

The District and the union also came to an agreement regarding the teacher evaluation process. The agreement protects the integrity of teacher evaluations and allows the process to retain its focus on elements closest to the teacher, effective professional practice and impactful professional learning.

“As members of the School Board, we are very pleased that an agreement has been reached between Miami-Dade County Public Schools and United Teachers of Dade, said School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. ”This agreement works in the best interests of the school district and the union and demonstrates our commitment in protecting the well-being of our teachers who work diligently with our children.”

The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the UTD membership and approval by the Miami-Dade County School Board.

Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho and United Teachers of Dade President Fedrick Ingram.

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