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The Starpoint School District's buildings and grounds union ratified a new contract Friday that gives employees 3 percent raises in each of the next three years.

A majority of Local 872, Civil Service Employees Association's 35 members voted in favor of the three-year agreement after reviewing it, said Dom Luna a labor-relations specialist with the state CSEA. He said the union does not disclose its vote counts.

The School Board is expected to approve the contract soon. School Superintendent C. Douglas Whelan was out of town on Friday and could not be reached for comment.

Two weeks ago, school district officials and union negotiators arrived at a tentative agreement after more than five months of negotiations. The previous contract expired June 30, but union and school representatives had been involved in talks prior to that.

In addition to the annual raises, Luna said the union, made up of cleaners, custodians, maintenance workers and groundskeepers, were given a dental plan, which is new to that union. The union also agreed to contribute money out-of-pocket to the district's health care plan, something the other district unions also have agreed to do in varying degrees.

He said members will pay $425 a year toward family health coverage and $250 toward individual coverage.


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