QUINCY (WGEM) — Quincy Public School Board met Thursday night and has ratified a one-year contract that boosts pay and benefits.
A 3% pay increase across the board for all Quincy Public School union employees.
"It’s an adequate step in the right direction," Brandi Many said.
The school district will also pick up 1% of the employee share of the Teacher Retirement System and .5% of the employee share of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
Quincy Federation Teacher Subgroup President Brandi Many said this new contract shows the board cares.
"So the new contract, the board was wanting to show us value and so I feel like the new contract shows us value," Many said.
Superintendent Roy Webb said they want to be competitive with other districts and this contract was the first step.
"Moving towards that minimum teacher salary that 40-thousand which is mandated by law, so we’re going to get there," Webb said. "But we want to be competitive within Illinois as well, we want the best and brightest."
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, other districts similar in size to QPS have a starting salary of 40,000. This is in line with the Minimum Salary Act to increase the Illinois teacher salary to 40,000 by 2024.
Many said this contract is a win for the union and gives them hopes for the future.
"It’s our goal to make sure we keep compensation increasing we want to be competitive," Many said. "We want to be the sought place for people to want to come and teach. And so this is just helping us be more competitive and move in the right direction."
Webb said they have already started chatting about the next negotiation process, which will likely take place during the next school year.
May 20, 2021 at 07:27PM