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Coming to terms

Hancock schools signs agreement with union

September 8, 2012
By Kurt Hauglie ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - After a relatively short negotiating period, members of the Hancock Education Support Personnel Association and the Hancock Public Schools administration and board of education reached an agreement on a contract for the 2012-13 school year.

Monica Healy, Hancock Public Schools superintendent, said during a special meeting Thursday, members of the board of education approved the one-year agreement with HESPA.

The agreement includes some language clarification and an agreement to state-imposed caps on insurance, which include $5,500 annually for an individual, $11,000 annually for a couple and $15,000 annually for a family.

Healy said the agreement also includes a 20-cent-per-hour raise, and a change to contract language, which states employees are now considered to be for nine-, 10- and 11-month periods. Previously, employees were considered for nine- and 12-month employment periods. The new language in the contract allows for the possibility that 12-month employees may be returned in the future.

Healy said she was generally pleased with the negotiations for the new contract, which began in early August.

"The negotiations went well," she said.

A representative of HESPA could not be reached for comment by press time.



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