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Small raises, health insurance concessions in new Niagara-Wheatfield teachers contract

SANBORN – The Niagara-Wheatfield School Board approved a retroactive contract deal with the teachers union Wednesday that grants small salary raises over four years but requires a number of health insurance coverage concessions.

By a unanimous vote, the five members present accepted the pact that goes back to July 1, 2013. The approximate 260 members of the Niagara-Wheatfield Teachers Association have already ratified the agreement, School Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said.

Under the terms of the contract, no pay hike was granted for 2013-14 but subsequent years get an increase. The teachers will receive a half-percent for 2014-15, .875 percent for 2015-16 and one percent for 2016-17.

The superintendent explained that the health coverage concessions include a reduction in the waiver amount teachers who decline coverage are paid as well as an increase in the cost of adding coverage under the various plans.

He said a significant provision was put in that requires both sides to collaboratively review health care options in an effort to create savings to future health care costs.