Both unions for Bay County educators now have official contracts. During Wednesday afternoon's school board meeting, Board Members unanimously approved both contracts. Last week 89% of Association of Bay County Educators members voted to ratify their contract. 93% of Bay Education Support Personnel Association members ratified theirs.
Negotiation teams from both sides have been working on the contract since the summer. With the process now over, Board Members offered their thanks for working cooperatively in such hard economic times.
"This has been an amazing learning experience and I just want to thank all the representatives who worked very hard," said Pat Sabiston, Bay Co. School Board Member.
"Our support staff we cannot do it without you. You help us with the 'blood running through the veins' as I call it. So thank you so much and thanks for helping us with the contract this year," said Donna Allen, Bay Co. School Board Member.
Every 3 years the full ABCE contract comes up for negotiation. This was one of those years. Next year only salary and benefits will be up for negotiation. That process will start all over in June.