Teacher contract negotiations set to kick off

BRIDGEPORT — A special meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday in city hall between the Board of Education and city “fiscal” officials which is required by Connecticut statutes prior to the start of contract negotiations with the city teacher’s union.

It is anticipated the meeting will be held behind closed doors.

The three-year contract between the city and Bridgeport Education Association is set to expire at the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year. The BEA represents more than 1,500 teachers, social workers, counselors and psychologists. The last pact was negotiated during the thick of the recession when pay freezes were the norm. Teachers took a “hard” zero increase in the first year, meaning that everyone was frozen in place and did not get raises or step increase. In the second year teachers got a 1.95 percent increase and in this year, teacher salaries rose 2.795 percent.  That means starting teachers with a bachelor’s degree this year make $42,428. A teacher at the top of the scale with a 6th year degree makes $85,413.

Insurance premiums for teachers rose from 14 to 17 percent over the past three years.

Negotiations are also expected to begin this fall with The Bridgeport Council of Administrators and Supervisors, which represents  assistant principals, principals and program directors. It’s three year contract is also in its last year. Administrators received no raise in their first year and one percent raises in the second and third year.  This year, the  pay scale for school administrators is $95,268 to $140,254.


Linda Lambeck