Custodians in the Brainerd School District may be seeing a 3 percent wage increase over a two-year period in their 2002-04 contract.
The district's Personnel Committee decided Monday to recommend to the Brainerd School Board approval of the contract that will give the 56 custodians a 1.5 percent wage increase for the first year of the contract and another 1.5 percent increase in the second year.
The school board will vote to approve or deny the contract at its 7 p.m. Monday meeting. The union approved the contract Saturday.
Business Manager Steve Dickinson said the contract would result in an expenditure increase of $60,490 to the district. There were no changes made to the health insurance benefits.
The cost to the district for the 2003-04 portion of the custodial contract is an estimated $2.5 million.
Also in the two-year contract, there were several language changes, including a clarification regarding sick leave and a new section on disciplinary action.
Dickinson said there was a tentative agreement between the custodians and the district last summer, but the union did not ratify it. The contract then gave the custodians a 1.85 percent wage increase in the first year and no increase for the second year.
In other school business relating to health insurance, the committee will recommend the school board call for bids for health insurance administrative services. The contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota expires June 30.
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