Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 21, 2014

TCAPS and one union group reach tentative deal

TRAVERSE CITY — One Traverse City Area Public Schools union group is on the verge of inking a new contract with district officials.

The Traverse City Clerical, Assistants, Paraprofessionals and Secretaries Association — TC CAPSA — ratified a three-year contract agreement during a membership meeting Wednesday.

TCAPS Human Resources Executive Director Christine Davis said the proposed contract is fair for TC CAPSA employees and the district.

“We are very proud of the collaboration between TC CAPSA leadership and administration,” she said.

TC CAPSA President Terri McDermott could not be reached for comment.

The agreement includes an annual 1-percent salary increase and a yearly step increase on the district’s salary schedule for the roughly 300 administrative assistants, aides and paraprofessionals who work for TCAPS, district officials said.

It also outlines an equal split between the district and union members on future health insurance premium increases of up to 20 percent.

TC CAPSA members ratified the contract on the same day district officials met with representatives of the district’s largest union — the Traverse City Education Association — for a public fact-finding session as part of ongoing contract negotiations. TCEA members continue to work under terms of an agreement that expired last summer.

Mary McGee-Cullen, UniServ director for the Michigan Education Association and a member of the TCEA bargaining team, declined to comment on the tentative TC CAPSA agreement and the fact-finding session.

TCAPS Board of Education members will vote on the TC CAPSA agreement, which covers this school year and the next two, during their Feb. 24 board meeting.

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