BARGAINING TEAM: From left, Kate Trombley, Michelle Dumas, Beth Woodward and Chapter Chair Jen Fiddler (not pictured, Bryan McMaster).
The 60 Wachusett paraprofessionals represented by Local 888 have a new contract. Members won their key goal of addressing the school board’s moves to cut workers’ pay by both trimming the number of hours and the number of days worked over the course of the year.
The agreement means the committee will make the cuts in hours more gradually, even as members’ hourly pay rises somewhat. The contract includes 2 percent cost-of-living raises, an increase in pay for longevity and a first-time commitment to covering some costs of professional training.
The Wachusett Regional School District Committee has approved the new contract.