Urbana approves teacher contract

Urbana approves teacher contract

URBANA — The Urbana school board Wednesday unanimously approved a three-year contract with the Urbana Education Association, which represents about 500 teachers and support staff members.

The contract includes a 3.1 percent increase for teachers over each of the next three years, which includes step increases. A step increase is when teachers get credit for another year worked and a bump in pay.

For support staff members covered by the contract, it includes a 4 percent raise in the first year, including step increases, and 3.1 percent increases in the second and third year of the contract.

The school board will contribute 82 percent of individual health premiums in the first and second year of the contract, and 83 percent in the third year.

Board president John Dimit praised the union for its "realistic approach," saying it obviously recognized what was best for the school district and students.

The school board also approved salary increases and benefits for non-union support staff members and administrators that match the contract. That means a 3.1 percent salary increase.

Beth Hand, the most recent Urbana Education Association president, said 93 percent of the union ratified the contract.

"I think we came up with a fair and equitable contract for the (union) and the school district," Hand said, adding that a three-year contract not only gives the school district some stability, but also teachers, because they know what to expect when it comes to their salary and insurance costs.

Read more about the new contract in Thursday's News-Gazette.


News-Gazette.com embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

buzorro wrote on June 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm



The State legislature will also force school districts to pay teacers' pensions 100%...


Property taxes will double, at least...


My income has not increased 3%-4% in years.  How about yours?  Be honest...

Redox wrote on June 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

My wages have increased thanks to my union.

Maybe you should join a union and then you'll get some wage increases.  I'm sure your bosses have been getting raises.

buzorro wrote on June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Do you work in the private sector?  Which union?

nick wrote on June 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

CEO compensation has been on a huge upswing in recent years. Administrative pay increases are consistently large and the benefits are spectacular. Urbana teachers deserve a pay increase.They provide an essential service for our society. I am not an Urbana teacher but I know how dedicated that group of people are to the community. The reality is that they probably lost compensation under this contract.I understand that they had to give up part of the compensation package that was set aside for pension payments.I sure hope this is not true because they will have smaller paychecks under this contract if that is the case.Teachers have no Social Security so the state pension is crucial.Maybe an Urbana teacher can correct me if I'm wrong about this issue.I certainly hope that the pay increase is real and teachers are rewarded for all that they do for the families in this community.

buzorro wrote on June 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Again, are you prepared to have your property taxes double (at least) when that 'state pension' becomes a 'local pension?'

And what about the 'products' of these unions...students?  A story from this newspaper from a week ago:

State takes over 2 Illinois school boards             http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2012-06-21/state-takes-over-2-illinois-school-boards.html

Let me guess...Urbana's teachers are 'special.'  Riiight...serving the community...riiiight....gotcha.


Economists say Stockton, Calif. won't be last U.S. city to go bankrupt


Champaignite wrote on June 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Are you seriously comparing Urbana to East St. Louis and North Chicago???  Wow......  Clearly teachers are just in it for the money and provide no service to the community.  I cannot imagine why anyone would go into public education with the lack of appreciation or respect that some community members give them.  Small wonder that kids respond the same way. 

nick wrote on June 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I have nothing but respect for teachers in Urbana.I do think that they provide a great service to the community. Property taxes will not double.The state is simply going to find a way to eliminate pensions for teachers.It's unfair...but it will happen. Buzarro's comparison of Urbana schools to East St.Louis is one of the most unusual comments I have ever read regarding schools in Illinois.

mmemartinez wrote on June 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm


UHS has been given a bronze ranking twice by U.S. News and World Report and the district has been recognized as an AP Achievement district by the College Board two years in a row. It is the teachers throughout the district who made that happen...laying the foundation and then helping the students achieve.

If you knew anything about NCLB and the unrealistic expectations, you'd understand that not making AYP means nothing. My alma mater (Naperville Central H.S.) is in one of the richest areas of the state and has unbelieveable resources and recently they have not made AYP either. 100% is not possible. Do you expect police to solve 100% of their cases or stop 100% of crime? Doctors to cure 100% of their patients?

There are kids who almost never come to school and yet teachers are judged when they fail. To say that teachers do not deserve a raise is ludicrous. My husband, in the private sector, gets a raise every year. Why do teachers not deserve the same? Especially ones with master's degrees? Thanks to the proximity of U of I a large percentage of teachers at USD 116 have them.