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At Boone Community Schools —
Unity Critical in Winning
Improvements for All


The support staff of Boone Community Schools, members of amalgamated UE Local 893, ratified a new two-year agreement on May 26 which includes significant wage increases and improvements in key areas of contract language. Members’ unity became crucial in resisting repeated attempts by the school district to introduce a new wage schedule which would have provided large raises for some but tiny increases for the majority.

These UE members are teacher associates, bus drivers, clerical employees, custodians and food service workers; they organized into the union in 1996.

At a time when the school district is experiencing about 2 percent budget growth, UE members at Boone won a 3.26 percent growth package for their wages and benefits in the first year of the agreement. Recognizing that teacher associate pay was disproportionately low, the union pushed for extra money in their pay schedule. As a result, associates’ starting pay will be increased by 42 cents in the first year and by as much as 50-60 cents in the second year.

In the second year of the contract, Boone workers will receive a 4 percent package for all classifications, which will provide for even larger pay increases for each employee.


Improvements in contract language include loosened restrictions on the floating holiday and an overhaul of confusing transfer language which caused numerous grievances during the term of the first contract. The new contract also contains union leave, so that the UE members in Boone can more fully participate in the union’s affairs.

Activity trips for bus drivers had been a difficult problem, because short trips outside the regular work day could sometimes amount to less than two dollars total pay. So in addition to adding a one-hour minimum pay for all trips, union negotiators also raised activity-trip pay by more than $2 an hour over the life of the contract.

Throughout the long and difficult negotiations, the committee and union membership stuck together. Eventually the chair of the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board came to mediate. Agreement was reached after two sessions with him.

The UE committee consisted of sublocal Pres. Jean Sorsen, Vice Pres. Donna Hilton, Sec.-Treas. Becky Hampton, Pam Anderson, Rose Brekke, Darla Meek, Milt Sprecher and Dee Willuweit. They were assisted by Field Org. Don Taylor.

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