Click on the name of the city to view the list of schools in that city. About 70 percent of Utica Community Schools` annual budget of $260 million is spent on compensation for employees covered by the current collective agreement for teachers and other groups of workers. (The budget does not include debt payments for past construction projects or other capital expenditures.) But few people know what`s in this or other school work contracts. This analysis of Utica is part of an ongoing series. On November 4, the union filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the district for alleged violation of the Michigan Public Employment Relations Act. The union said the borough`s bargaining team was “involved in certain acts of bad faith” and that it had “sent representatives to the bargaining table without the real power to negotiate or reach an agreement.” According to 2008 data provided by Utica Schools, there were four employees who earned more than $150,000 a year. However, the information provided did not mention the persons occupying each post.  The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is working to update this database in a timely manner. We invite school districts to support us by sending copies of new collective agreements or links to these agreements to firstname.lastname@example.org. This database contains PDF copies of the collective agreements for each Michigan district for teachers, bus drivers, assistants, office workers and other employees. Union contracts include not only salaries and social benefits, but also information on class sizes, staff evaluations, school calendars and more.
Utica Community Schools and the Utica Education Association have ratified a contractual agreement between the Macomb County District and its 1,450 teachers, officials said Monday night. In addition, the contract increases the rate of pay for teachers for professional tasks or additional work outside the contract, such as special training, school officials said. The agreement also increases the compensation rate for co-curricular facilities in district-funded school clubs, athletics and other student activities. The borough will also offer an option to pre-fund the teachers` health insurance deductible, and participants would reimburse it in stages through a salary deduction, officials said. . . .