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City of Framingham School Committee and Three Framingham Bargaining Units Reach Contract Agreements

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6/10/24

CONTACT:
Jessica Barnhill
Chair, Framingham School Committee
jbarnhill@framingham.k12.ma.us
508-626-9121

CITY OF FRAMINGHAM SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND THREE FRAMINGHAM BARGAINING UNITS REACH CONTRACT AGREEMENTS

June 10, 2024 (Framingham, MA) - The Framingham School Committee voted unanimously to approve each of the three successor contracts for Unit A Framingham Teachers Association, Unit S Framingham Administrative Support Staff, and Unit T Framingham Educational Support Staff at a meeting on June 5th. These votes came following overwhelming ratification votes by the Framingham Teachers’ Association’s three units. During negotiations, the parties came to agreement on a variety of terms throughout the three individual contracts with new common goals to recruit and retain high quality educators and education support professionals, as well as to create and sustain safe learning environments for students. This is the first time in decades when successor collective bargaining agreements have been negotiated and enacted by the parties so far in advance of their end date.

“I am grateful to the District, members of the FTA, and members of the Framingham School Committee for the time, energy, and commitment it took to reach agreement,” said Jessica Barnhill, Chair of the Framingham School Committee. “We agreed on three year agreements, respectively, for Units A, S, and T in light of significant budgetary constraints.  I am grateful to our educators, administrative support staff, and paraprofessionals for their collaboration and work in regards to reaching a resolution.  In addition, I would like to thank the City of Framingham for their support and participation in this process.”

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert A. Tremblay noted that “from the moment that we began contract discussions it felt like a mutually-focused conversation around how to improve contract language that would ultimately improve systems that directly benefit our students. The Agreements reflect a balance of mutual interests, demonstrate commitment to our talented professionals, and provide a solid foundation upon which we can start a new school year in the fall.”

“We are grateful for the work of the three bargaining teams, the Contract Action Team and district representatives who worked so hard for these six months to come to an agreement,” said FTA President Christine Mulroney. “Framingham is a wonderful community with fabulous students; with these agreements, we hope the outstanding educators we have will feel a sense of belonging and stay with Framingham.”

Unit A: In the 2024-2027 Unit A Collective Bargaining Agreement, significant benefits have been secured for the Framingham Public Schools’ dedicated staff. A competitive Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will serve to ensure fair compensation to attract new staff, while the introduction of new steps will reward the District’s longest-serving district members. The Agreement further enhances the well-being of employees by offering paid parental leave and providing an extended leave from 40 days to 60 days. In addition, the Agreement re-examines class size recommendations and offers increased flexibility in elementary school prep time. Notably, the contract also memorealizes educators-caregivers meetings and provides for extended flexibility and collaboration opportunities. Moreover, staff will now have the option to use one sick day annually for religious purposes, and sick/personal accruals will be converted to hours for more adaptable absence management. This progressive agreement reflects a commitment to supporting our staff's diverse needs, seeks to boost attendance, and fosters a positive, collaborative work environment. For additional information about the Unit A successor contract click here for a summary and here for the Memorandum of Agreement.

District Team:

Robert Tremblay,  Superintendent of Schools
Inna Kantor London, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Lincoln Lynch, Executive Director of Finance and Operations
Tiago Pirete Gadens, Associate Director of Human Resources
Jessica Barnhill, School Committee Representative, District 8
Adam Freudberg, School Committee Representative and Chair of Negotiations Team, District 4
Judy Styer, School Committee Representative, District 5 

FTA Team: 

Christine Mulroney, Framingham Teachers Association President
Sarah Guernsey, Chair, Walsh MIddle School
Kellie Spencer, Brophy Elementary School
Linda Renault, King Elementary School
Maria Sequenzia, Framingham High School
Rebecca Lawrence, Fuller Middle School
Stacey Wilgoren, Framingham High School
Jennifer Birch-Israeloff, Stapleton Elementary School
Lori Brockway, McCarthy Elementary School, Framingham Teachers Association Vice President

Unit S: In the 2024-2027 Unit S Collective Bargaining Agreement, significant benefits have been secured for the Framingham Public Schools’ dedicated staff. A competitive Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will ensure fair compensation while the introduction of new steps rewards the District’s longest-serving district members. The Agreement further enhances the  well-being of  employees by offering paid parental leave and providing an extended leave from 40 days to 60 days.  Furthermore, staff will now have the option to use one sick day annually for religious purposes. In a progressive attempt to compete with private organizations,  a flexible and hybrid schedule for 12-month staff was added, thereby reflecting a commitment to supporting the staff's diverse needs and fostering a positive, collaborative work environment. For additional information about the Unit S successor contract click here for the Memorandum of Agreement.

District Team:

Inna Kantor London, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Lincoln Lynch, Executive Director of Finance and Operations
Tiago Pirete Gadens, Associate Director of Human Resources
Adam Freudberg, School Committee Representative, District 4
William LaBarge, School Committee Representative, District 9 

FTA Team:

Christine Mulroney, Framingham Teachers Association President
Judy Dagg, Co-chair, Department of Special Education
Donna Cebula, Department of Business Operations
Sandy Kivlehan, Department of Special Education
Tracy Lambert, Hemenway Elementary School
Lisa Gentilucci, Co-chair, Department of Buildings & Grounds

Unit T: In the 2024-2027 Unit T Collective Bargaining Agreement, significant benefits have been secured for the Framingham Public Schools’ dedicated staff. A competitive Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) will ensure fair compensation while the introduction of new steps rewards the District’s longest-serving district members.  In addition, additional pay has been secured for aides who often assist and serve the most vulnerable students. The Agreement further enhances the well-being of employees by offering paid parental leave and providing an extended leave from 40 days to 60 days. Furthermore, staff will now have the option to use one sick day annually for religious purposes. Moreover, stipends were added to acknowledge and reward the daily contributions offered by the multilingual staff for their communication with multilingual families. This progressive Agreement reflects a commitment to supporting the staff's diverse needs and fostering a positive, collaborative work environment. For additional information about the Unit T successor contract click here for the Memorandum of Agreement.

District Team:

Inna Kantor London,  Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Lincoln Lynch, Executive Director of Finance and Operations
Tiago Pirete Gadens, Associate Director of Human Resources
William LaBarge, School Committee Representative, District 9
Jennifer Moshe, School Committee Representative, District 3
Ricardo (Rich) Robles, School Committee Representative, District 2 

FTA Team:

Christine Mulroney, Framingham Teachers Association President
Beth O'Donnell, Chair, Potter Road Elementary School
Lori Brockway, McCarthy Elementary School, Framingham Teachers Association Vice President

Allison Nelson, Stapleton Elementary School
Mauricio Perea, B.L.O.C.K.S. Preschool

 


 

About the Framingham School Committee

The Framingham School Committee is responsible for exercising co-leadership with Superintendent Dr. Tremblay in the vision, planning, policy making, evaluation, and advocacy for the mission of continuous improvement of student achievement in the district. Under our Superintendent and Administration, the School Committee is committed to operating within this purview to best serve the schools and the community.

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