Members of the United Teachers of Dade in Florida got some amazing news when they learned that their bargaining team had struck a tentative agreement with Miami-Dade County Public Schools for the largest raise in their history.
The raise reflects Miami-Dade residents’ desire to pay their educators better. More than 70 percent of Miami-Dade voters opted to give teachers a raise on Election Day, when they overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that would increase homeowners’ property taxes to pay for teacher salaries and school safety. Nearly 90 percent of that funding is earmarked for investing in teachers and school support staff.
"From security and clerical to our paraprofessionals, subs and teachers, both seasoned and new, not a single person in our bargaining unit was left behind in this effort," said UTD President Karla Hernandez Mats. “Today, our team delivered a successful and unprecedented contract with M-DCPS for our 2018-2019 raises and the distribution of the funds that will be generated by Referendum #362."
With that new funding and the will of their community in mind, the United Teachers of Dade and district officials came to an agreement that will invest in school employees, raising teachers’ salaries above the national average. The agreement also includes more planning time for teachers and additional funding for instructional personnel and paraprofessionals. All these moves will increase stability across the district—making students the ultimate winners in this deal.
The agreement still needs to be ratified by members and approved by the school board.