by Phil Keren
Cuyahoga Falls -- The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education has reached a tentative agreement with the union representing the school district's food services and secretarial workers, and its educational aides and student attendants.
Falls School District Superintendent Dr. Ed Holland said on Dec. 19 the proposed deal with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees AFL-CIO Local 111 will be reviewed by both the union and the School Board over the next couple of weeks.
"The negotiations went very well," said Holland. "Both teams were professional and understanding and worked to establish a fair and appropriate contract."
Holland said he expects the School Board to address the pact at its organizational meeting Jan. 9 at the Board of Education meeting room, 431 Stow Ave., at 7 p.m.
Leslie Labbe, president of Local 111, said negotiating sessions began in early November, and concluded Dec. 19. She said the union membership is scheduled to vote on the contract Jan. 7. Labbe declined to offer more details or comments on the contract until the union membership acted on it.
Labbe said Local 111 represents 116 employees and the union's current three-year contract expires Dec. 31.
In August, the Falls School Board approved three-year contracts for both the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association and the International Brotherhood of Firemen and Oilers, Local 100.
Under those deals, members of both unions received a 3.3 percent salary increase in the contract's first year and a 3.2 percent pay hike in the second and third years of the pact. Employees do not have to make a health insurance premium contribution during the 2007-08 school year, but in the second and third years of the deals, those on a single coverage plan will pay $10 a month and those on a family coverage plan will pay $20 per month.