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District, Classified Employee Union Settle Contract

4-year contract agreement provides fair salary increases for all classified employees 

Eugene School District 4J has agreed on a four-year contract with our classified employees’ union that includes fair salary and insurance increases for every employee.

The Oregon School Employees Association represents 4J’s classified staff members, such as educational assistants, custodians, bus drivers, and food service workers.

Important provisions of the new contract agreement include:

  • A four-year term, from 2018–19 through 2021–22
  • Fair salary increases for every classified employee
    • 2.2% COLA (cost of living increase) in 2018–19
    • 2.0% COLA in 2019–20
    • 2.0% COLA in 2020–21
    • COLA for 2021–22 to be negotiated in spring 2021
  • Increased district contribution to employees’ health insurance
    • Increase of $15 per month in 2019–20
    • Increase of $10 per month in 2020–21
    • Benefits for 2021–22 to be negotiated in spring 2021
  • Simplified and updated leave provisions, including modifications to sick, personal and family leave
  • Enhanced safety committees and districtwide reporting

The bargaining teams used an interest-based bargaining process in these negotiations, which focuses on interests and mutual gains.  They met numerous times from February through June 2018, making progress over time, until all issues were resolved and a tentative agreement was reached in June.

The agreement was ratified by classified employees on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and approved by the school board on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The new contract is effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022.

Summary of contract changes
Collective bargaining agreement 


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