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Board reaches contract settlements with custodians, head cooks

The Brainerd School Board Monday approved contract settlements with its custodians and head cooks, two of its eight union groups.

Steve Lund, director of business services, said the district reached tentative agreements with its custodians about two weeks ago and its head cooks about one week ago.

The 2011-13 custodian contract includes a .5 percent salary increase starting Jan. 1 and a 1.5 percent salary increase next year, or a combined 2 percent salary increase by next year.

Lund said custodians agreed to reduced health insurance benefits by increasing both the annual deductible and out-of-pocket maximum paid by each employee and increasing the co-payments for prescription drugs. This is similar to the agreement reached late last month when the district and Education Minnesota Brainerd, the teachers’ union, also settled the 2011-13 master teachers’ contract.

Lund said custodians who obtain their first- or second-class boiler’s license also will see a $5 monthly increase, from $20 to $25 per month.

Lund said head cooks agreed to no salary increases the first year and then a 2 percent salary increase the second year of the 2011-13 contract.

Head cooks agreed to similar health insurance benefit reductions as teachers and custodians. They also will convert one sick day to a personal day and receive another additional personal day. Lund said head cooks do not require short-term substitutes if they are absent so this does not have a direct impact to the budget.

Lund said the district still has to reach settlements with five more of its union groups and they are still in negotiations.

Teachers last month agreed to no salary increases this year and a 2 percent salary increase the second year of their contract.

JODIE TWEED may be reached at or 855-5858.

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