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Union Says It Would Accept Board's Aide, Custodian Offer

Union president said salary hike figure was mentioned by board president on Patch.

The Hopatcong Education Association told the Board of Education Monday it would accept the board’s salary offer for paraprofessionals that board president Clifford Lundin mentioned on Hopatcong Patch in response to a Sept. 12 article.

In a series of responses to comments to that article about a contract language impasse with the teachers union, Lundin explained that the unit of the union that represents teachers aides, cafeteria workers and custodians has not been able for three years to reach an agreement on a new contract.

He said that the unit rejected the board’s last offer “which was in the range of 2.4 percent per year over four years.”

On Monday, teachers union president Susan Hill, speaking during the public portion of the board meeting, said the union would accept the figure that Lundin stated on Patch.

In response, Lundin said he would advise the negotiating committee of the union’s statement and inform the board’s attorney.

Hill said the paraprofessionals’ salary was the only item not settled in that contract.

The unit represents about 80 aides and 40 custodians and support staff.

Lundin said the union had been seeking a $1.60 per hour increase for the aides. The board offered 95 cents per hour, he said.

Teachers aides make “$10-plus” an hour and custodians make “$9-plus” an hour, Lundin said.

Kimberly September 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM
I see once again, Mr. Lundin has not "clarified" his words....please understand the $1.60 and 95 cents raise respectively being asked is NOT PER YEAR but rather over 4 years which averages for the board's proposal to 23 cents an hour raise for those staff members already making the lowest wages!! Teacher's aides start at $9.28, not $10-plus as falsely indicated again!
Judy September 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM
There is a job listing on the school website for an Aide starting at $9.28 per hour. That is not "$10 -plus" an hour.
Jenn September 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Classroom aides are necessary in special ed classrooms. I have 2 boys one in elementary one in the middle school. Both need those aides. I went to 3 back to school nights and Mr. Lundin gave the same speech. It's for the kids. Join the committe and help the kids. Well, parents who have to work to help pay for the things their kids need, can't "just go join a committee". Give the aides at least a deserved $1.60 raise a year!
Jessica September 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
$9.28 is not even a real salary in 2012. I made that as a temp in 1998. Pay the aids! They are necessary in the schools!
Fed up! September 25, 2012 at 03:52 PM
So your saying they should receive a 62% raise over the 4 years. That will break the bank! Good thing you are not managing the schools money. I would rather they invest the money in books and programs for the kids like they just did.
Jenn September 25, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I'm saying the deserve a raise...a decent raise.
The "Original" Hopatcong Mom September 25, 2012 at 07:47 PM
So Fed Up! You don't believe the aides are worth more than $9.28hr? Does anyone realize the amount of work they do? I hate that you look at it as 65%....because although the % seems high, when you're making next to nothing even 100% is nothing!! Aides DO NOT get benefits and are not entitled to benefits even though they work 6-6.5 hrs a day!! I do not think it's UNREASONABLE that they make $13-$14 hr to START!! But to hear stories of Aides being in the district 20 years and only making $15 hr is appaulling!!! To hear stories of even those working for 6 & 7 years are making less than $11 hr....the BOE should be EMBARRASSED!!!! Voters: get the current board members OUT!!! Tell them where our tax dollars should be spent...NOT in outdoor eateries and new office equipment every few years!! BOOKS and SUPPORT STAFF because they are who make a difference!! Teachers too but they are well paid compared to the aides!!!
Clay Thomas September 25, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I made more than that when I was working for the USPS, working part-time while going to college in the late 1960's, yes the late 1960's! You can't keep paying employees crap and expect the school system to be rated more than crap!
Edubb September 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
$9 plus and $10 plus is not a salary Clifford. Lets see how you and your cronies on the BOE would survive on less than $20k per year. Thet are the real workers of the schools. Pay them their money Clifford they earned it!
cmc September 26, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Don't the summer rec. councelors make something comparable to $9.28? HHS is lucky to have aides still willing to work for the same pay given to the kids they teach...
Clay Thomas September 26, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Yep, only in Hopatcong can students, working part-time, make the same money as adults taking care of students in the school system, many with special needs. What's wrong with this picture? It's no wonder we're rated 289 out of about 325 and 2 places behind Camden, and you wonder why houses in Hopatcong don't sell!
snowmom September 27, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Sounds to me the aids should get their $1.62 or whatever, this is 2012, I also made $9.00 hr. in the 1990 .Also Fed up you sound like a very angry person or as if this money was coming out of your pocket. I'm also a taxpayer in this town. I'm tired of hearing all this complaining, check out want other towns pay their aids. My daugther is a highschool teacher, most people who become teachers love their jobs. Many people her age are making six figures, she will never make that kind of money.As far as the teachers not writting letters for college bound students, well does that mother think a teacher does that when she is working, no my daughter does it at home (sometimes 20 or more requests) on her time. One more thing stop blaming the teachers for poor test grades, maybe the kids are just not as smart as previous years make sense to me because its the same teachers, My three kids did well in our schools.
Clay Thomas September 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Please note that New Jersey law denies public employess the right to strike. Laws in other states, most recently in Illinois, grant public employees the basic right to strike. New Jersey public employees are relegated to job actions to make their points. And, I have to add, who needs a letter of recommendation in September!!!! You wouldn't be ranked 289th if you treated the people who make the difference in such a denigrating way.

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