The Papillion-La Vista school board approved raises Aug. 12 for custodians and maintenance workers.

Custodians will see a 4 percent raise this year, followed by a 3 percent raise next year. Maintenance workers will see slightly higher raises, and both union groups will see health insurance deductibles increase by $150.

The contracts were negotiated between the Papillion-La Vista School District and the Service Employees International Union Local 226.

Custodians, drivers and warehouse workers will be paid a starting wage of $12.47 an hour for 2013-14 and $12.84 an hour in 2014-15. Current staff will get a raise on their base salary, and those working the midnight shift will receive an extra 10 cents an hour.

Maintenance workers’ 2013-14 hourly wages vary by job assignment: general maintenance, $18.62; high school maintenance, $18.62; head grounds, $19.36; locksmith, $21.33; carpenter, $21.33; shop foreman, $21.39; plumber, $24.87; electrician, $25.74; and heating and air conditioning technician, $26.18. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, those employees’ wages will increase 3.1 percent.

Both employee groups receive longevity raises at set intervals for full-time employees: 2 percent after 5 years and 3 percent after 10 years, 15 years, 20 years and 25 years.

Both groups also get $160 annually for uniforms, an increase of $20.

They get 12 paid holidays – including the Friday after Thanksgiving and a day during spring break – and full-time employees earn 10 vacation days per year, with those with 5 years of service earning 15 days and those with 10 years of service earning 20 days.

The district offers health and dental insurance, and those opting out of health insurance receive an extra 45 cents per hour in wages.

Disability and term life insurance are also offered to the employee groups using the same plans as the Papillion-La Vista Education Association contract.

Earlier this year, the school board ratified agreements with the district’s teachers and administrators.

Teachers received a total package increase of 3.73 percent for 2013-14 in a contract approved Feb. 25. Teachers’ base salaries were increased $550 for a beginning salary of $33,550.

Certified administrators saw a base salary increase of $1,325 or 2.22 percent, for a base salary of $60,975. The actual budget increase for certified administrators, which accounts for new administrators, is 2.3 percent.

Classified administrators saw a total package increase of 3.71 percent, with adjustments made individually.

Overall, existing administrators will earn a 3.71 percent increase in compensation, but the budget impact is 2.81 percent for the administrator line item.

The contract packages were approved by the school board on June 10.

Both teachers and administrators also saw their health insurance deductibles increase to $750, the same as in the SEIU contracts.

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