The Camas School Board this week approved a collective bargaining agreement between the Camas School District and the Public School Employees of Camas (PSE) union representing nearly 650 custodians, bus drivers, paraeducators, health assistants, food services workers, technology, mechanics and maintenance employees.
The two sides reached a tentative agreement the first week of September.
“We truly appreciate the collaborative process during our negotiations and how diligently both sides worked to create a fair agreement that reflects the values of our district,” PSE negotiators stated in a press release issued Sept. 6.
The school board unanimously approved the agreement during a special meeting held Monday, Oct. 9.
Marilyn Boerke, the lead negotiator for the Camas School District during the PSE negotiations, said in September that the agreement “reinforces positive and inclusive working environments.”
On Monday, Camas School District Superintendent John Anzalone called the agreement “very fair and sustainable” and said the contract would be “very, very beneficial for PSE members, students and staff.”
Anzalone thanked the members of the district’s and the union’s bargaining teams and said the process was “very professional and respectful … from the start.”
The new collective bargaining agreement, which will be in effect through Aug. 31, 2026, offers salary increases of 5.7% in 2023-24, 5.9% in 2024-25 and 2.45% in 2025-26 to the classified employees.
The new salary schedule for the district’s classified employees in 2023-24 now ranges from $16.64 an hour for a first-year community education support staff member to $50.55 an hour for a systems engineer with at least 25 years of experience.
The new agreement also includes additional language regarding special education paraeducators, who will be offered an additional 10 paid hours per for training and planning
To view the collective bargaining agreement, visit tinyurl.com/mrx8rv5z