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RCSD reaches contract extension for teachers union with 4.3% pay increase

Jul 22, 2021

The Rochester City School District and the Rochester Teachers Association have reached agreement on extending the current contract with the union for one year, through June 2022.

The extension, approved by the school board Thursday night, includes a total 4.3% salary increase for city teachers — 3.3% for this year and an additional 1% added to last year’s 2.3% increase which was already granted through the existing contract.

The agreement also includes additional compensation for athletic coaches.

RCSD Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small said, “I am delighted that we have reached an agreement that is beneficial for all involved and helps us to recruit and retain our educators. Our teachers are doing tremendous work for our scholars and did so throughout the COVID-19 health crisis.

"The negotiation process prompted good dialogue between the two sides and sets the foundation for resumed negotiations this coming fall.”

Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski said, “We all can now focus on a smooth and safe reopening of our schools and on continuing to provide the best academic, social and emotional support to all our students.”

Urbanski said the contract extension will give the time needed to resume negotiations on what he said are “many remaining issues.”

The district and the union will resume negotiations this fall in an effort to reach agreement on a full, new contract.