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updated: 6/8/2014 4:20 PM

District 214, education support union reach agreement

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Northwest Suburban High School District 214's Board of Education on Thursday approved a new three-year contract with the Educational Support Personnel Association, the district's 400-member union for employees including instructional assistants, campus security, clerical staff and administrative and technology assistants.

Association members will receive a wage increase of 2.9 percent in the first year, 2.8 percent in the second year and 2.7 percent in the third year, as well as additional increases reflecting years of experience in the district. The average association member earned about $33,000 in the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Association members approved the contract May 30, with 97 percent voting yes. The new contract takes effect July 1, and runs through June 30, 2017.

"Our educational support personnel are key contributors to our educational mission. We recognize that and want to make the most of the strengths they provide," Associate Superintendent for Human Resources Kurt Laakso said. "This contract reflects an appreciation for their work. Their contributions and collaboration are highly valued."

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