The Brookline School Committee last week unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the clerical staff union.
The contract includes no pay raises for the first year, followed by 2 percent increases in each of the following years. The contract is retroactive to last year and runs through 2014, which means the 0 percent increase is applied to the previous school year.
The school district and the Brookline Educational Secretaries Association had been using an expired contract prior to the new deal. Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe said the contract negotiations took time to get underway as both sides awaited the results of other agreements.
“It took a while for us to get to the table,” said Rowe, “but negotiations went relatively quickly and smoothly.”
There are roughly 40 employees in the union and the average salary is in the high-$40,000 range, according to Rowe.
The contract also includes changes for new hires, including fewer administrative days and longer waits to qualify for benefits.
The new contract comes on the heels of the three-year deal signed by the custodian union in October. With the teachers’ union contract signed in November 2011 and running three years, the only significant outstanding union contract the school district has is with the food service workers.