Another Mason Schools' employees group agrees to wage freeze

Another group of Mason Schools employees have agreed to a wage freeze for the current school year.

An amendment between the Mason Board of Education and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 070 has been approved and takes effect immediately.

It means there will be no increases in wages, cost-of-living adjustments or step increases. The change affects the district’s custodial, grounds, maintenance and heating/cooling workers.

“We’re pleased that we’ve reached agreement with OAPSE, and that OAPSE’s commitment aligns with the rest of our employees,’’ said Kevin Wise, president of the school board.

This is the second year of wage freezes for the districts’ administrators, teachers and other non-union support staff members.

Over the last two years the district has reduced spending by more than $6 million to avoid a ballot issue in 2013.

Three years ago voters rejected an operating levy – the first rejection since 1970. Since then the district has reduced expenses by eliminating positions, wage freezes, and other measures to balance its budget.

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