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BOARD OF EDUCATION APPROVES FISCAL YEAR 2016 NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WITH AFSCME LOCAL 1693

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County today unanimously approved a one-year agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 1693, that outlines compensation and working conditions for custodians and maintenance workers across the school system.

The agreement, which expires on June 30, 2016, was approved by AFSCME membership recently.

“AFSCME employees are some of the most overlooked by those outside of our school system, but we all know that they are absolutely essential to our mission and we value everything that they do for our children,” Board President Stacy Korbelak said. “We simply could not do what we do without them.”

The agreement provides a 2 percent compensation increase for all AFSCME members, retroactive to July 1, 2015. It also includes an additional day of leave for AFSCME employees in the current year.

To help fund the salary increase, the agreement eliminates stipends that had been allocated to staff members in schools identified as “challenged.” Stipends have previously been awarded to staff assigned to such schools, and again when schools met state Annual Measurable Objectives.