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New contract OK'd for Brentwood Borough School support staff

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 2:54 p.m.

The nearly 45 support staffers in the Brentwood Borough School District are working under a new contract, more than five months after their previous pact expired.

School board members, in a unanimous vote last week, approved a collective-bargaining agreement with the Brentwood Education Support Professionals Association, or BESPA, retroactive to July 1, 2013, and going through June 30, 2017.

“We believe it's a fair contract for the association members and for the district,” district solicitor John Vogel said.

The union ratified the agreement on Dec. 8, Paul Girdany, Pennsylvania State Education Association UniServ representative for the union, said in an email.

A four-year contract for BESPA members — including paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, maintenance staff and cafeteria workers — ended June 30.

In October, about 20 staffers attended a school-board meeting with signs and matching pins asking for a new contract after they said talks had stalled.

The contract provides between 2.4- and 2.8-percent annual increases for the union's nearly 45 employees, Vogel said.

“All employees are going to be contributing more for their health care,” Vogel said. “That was an important goal of the district.”

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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