Miami-Dade schools, union agree on teacher contract

Miami-Dade schools officials and the teachers’ union have agreed on a contract that includes slight salary increases, decreased healthcare costs and new protections for teachers.

The “crown jewel” of the agreement, according to United Teachers of Dade president Fedrick Ingram: no increases for employees who choose certain health care plans, and decreased costs for dental and vision insurance.

Everyone represented by the union, including security guards and clerical staff, will get a salary increase of about two percent. Some will get a bump of up to six percent, Ingram said.

Additionally, teachers who are nursing mothers will be given “reasonable” accommodations to pump breast milk. A process to appeal teacher evaluations was also included in the contract.

The contract has to be voted on by union members, which will probably happen in the next week.

UTD represents about 26,000 employees. The negotiated benefits will cost the district almost $41 million.

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