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Union challenging retirement incentives

articlephotosThe Conrad Weiser School District’s one-time retirement incentive had been projected to save the district $200,000 in next year’s budget, said Dr. Randall A. Grove, district superintendent.

But on Tuesday, Grove said those savings might be in jeopardy as the district’s teachers union has contested whether the retirement incentive should be allowed.

Grove said the Conrad Weiser Education Association has filed a grievance and an unfair labor practice charge against the district for its retirement incentive. The union withdrew the grievance, Grove said, but a hearing on the unfair labor practice claim is slated for May 23.

Grove said the administration hopes to reach an agreement with the association before then. The district would need to cut $200,000 from the 2013-14 school budget if the incentive is not allowed.

Two positions and some elective programs in the middle and high schools could be cut to make up the difference, Grove said.

“The administration is not recommending these cuts at this time,” Grove said. “In fact, we are hopeful that the CWEA leadership and the board can come to an agreement over the current emergency retirement incentive.”

In September, the district offered the incentive to faculty and full-time support staff whose age plus years of service added up to at least 80. Eight teachers and five support staff members took the offer in December.

The teachers were offered $30,000 and the support staff members were offered $8,000 to $10,000.

– By Matthew Nojiri

Union challenging retirement incentives.

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