Hillsborough teacher contract agreement could be wrapped up this week
Union negotiations are wrapping up, labor leaders told the Hillsborough County School Board Tuesday morning.
While declining to give any details, officials for both the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association and the Hillsborough School Employees Federation said they are in the final stages of contract agreements that will soon be announced to the board.
"We'll be expecting by the end of the week to roll that out," said Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, executive director of the teachers union.
Talks began in July and have been complicated by a state law designed to give teachers a pay raise. The law covers some instructional employees, but the union is trying to give a bump to all the employees it represents, including paraprofessionals.
What's more, this is a year when the negotiations revolve around contract language and not pay. And federal cutbacks threatened earnings for some employees as well.
"We had to struggle through a lot of changes," Baxter-Jenkins told the board.