Board of Education approves contract with custodial staff

More money, more holidays, more family care

Now all employees are working with up-to-date contracts, school officials said at the July meeting.
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Now all employees are working with up-to-date contracts, school officials said at the July meeting.

The Bayonne Board of Education has voted to approve a contract with district custodial staff. At its July meeting, the board voted unanimously to approve the contract with AFSCME Local 2231, the union representing custodial staff.

The contract runs from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2025.

Pay increase

Per the terms of the memorandum of agreement, the covered employees will get a 3.5 percent pay increase in the first year of the contract. Each subsequent year, employees will receive a 3 percent increase.

Custodial employees now have four more holidays off, including Easter Monday, New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King Day, and Juneteenth. They will receive two additional leaves of absence, marked as “family sick days.” These days are for caring for sick spouses, children, or parents.

Under the contract, custodial employees will be provided with health insurance through the School Employees Health Benefits Program, or a similar plan. Qualified employees will receive prescription coverage.

Contracts negotiated

At its July meeting, trustees lauded the approval of the contract, noting it was the last contract that needed to be negotiated.

“I would like to commend Trustees Casais, Egan, and Burke for doing such a tremendous job on our negotiating team,” said Vice President Christopher Munoz Munoz. “I think we are set up for every major unit in the Board of Education. That’s a great thing, and it hasn’t happened in a while. So good job to you guys.”

President Maria Valado added, “I’m happy that finally all of our contracts are completed. Now everyone is working with an up-to-date contract.”

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