Getting Head Start on pay

MEETING OF THE MINDS: Local 888 field rep Madeline Soto, teacher and shop steward Jonathan Dudley and teacher Paula Mulligan talk shop at the Leominster Head Start Center.

MEETING OF THE MINDS: Local 888 field rep Madeline Soto, teacher and shop steward Jonathan Dudley and teacher Paula Mulligan talk shop at the Leominster Head Start Center.

Local 888’s nearly 100 members at Montachusett Head Start have approved a three-year contract that includes guaranteed 3 percent-per-year raises.

Other major gains included that some workers got pay upgrades or had their hours increased from 37½ to 40, said Local 888 field rep Madeline Soto.

In addition, teachers who work year-round will be paid overtime to work a couple Saturdays in order to work on curriculum and lesson planning. Some people who are employed on a school-calendar basis already had this time built into their schedules. In addition, more workers are now eligible for mileage reimbursement and improved time-off provisions.

The Head Start teachers along with family services coordinators and family development coordinators work in centers in Clinton, Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner and Athol.

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