New Collective Bargaining Agreements Approved with Teachers and Support Personnel Unions

New Collective Bargaining Agreements Approved with Teachers and Support Personnel Unions
Posted on 05/26/2022
New Collective Bargaining Agreements Approved with Teachers and Support Personnel Unions

The School District of Lee County is proud to announce that it has approved new collective bargaining agreements that give teachers up to $5,000 in bonus pay from the District and increase starting pay for bus drivers to the third highest rate in Florida. The agreements were entered into with both the Teachers Association of Lee County (TALC) and the Support Personnel Association of Lee County (SPALC).

“These agreements solidify the District’s commitment to our employees,” says Superintendent Dr. Christopher Bernier. “During the past two years, we have asked our teachers and support staff to do more and they continue to rise to the challenge. Every employee should know we support them and are grateful for their dedication to the students in Lee County.”

Highlights from the TALC agreement include:

  • Teachers received a $1,000 bonus, and some received up to an additional $2,500 based on their time of employment.
  • Special Instructional teachers received a base salary increase of $2,000.
  • Starting pay was raised to $47,500.
  • All teachers will receive an additional bonus of up to $2,500 this coming October if they have no break in service from the beginning of the fiscal year.

“We are happy that the continued hard work by both the district and TALC's bargaining teams were able to reach consensus that addresses some of the issues that were so important to the employees in the TALC bargaining unit,” says Teachers Association of Lee County President Kevin Daly. “We look forward to continuing to address the concerns of our members around salary and benefits as we return to the table in August. We are confident that employees, and their working conditions, will remain a priority of the school district as Dr. Bernier settles into his new role and look forward to working with him.”

SPALC represents bus drivers, paraprofessionals, custodians, receptionists, trade workers and dozens of other job categories that support school operations. Highlights of the new support personnel agreement include:

  • A $1,000 bonus in April and another $1,000 in July based on attendance. Employees still working in October will receive another bonus.
  • Increase in starting pay for bus drivers to $17.50 an hour, the third highest starting rate for public school bus drivers in Florida.
  • Employees with 25 years of service received an increase in longevity pay up to $2,500.
  • 80 cent per hour increase for the entire bargaining unit.

The Lee County School Board unanimously approved the agreements at their May 10th and May 24th meetings.