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NCAE AND NCAE STAFF ORGANIZATION NEGOTIATE NEW EMPLOYEE CONTRACT

 NCAE AND NCAE STAFF ORGANIZATION NEGOTIATE NEW EMPLOYEE CONTRACT
 RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- As a model employer in the City of Raleigh for over 20 years, the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) has worked for several months now with members of the NCAE Staff Organization, a unit of about forty Association staff members, to negotiate a new employment contract.
 Under the National Labor Regulations Act, NCAE staff members are allowed to negotiate employment contracts with the NCAE Board of Directors, NCAE's governing body.
 At issue with the NCAE Board of Directors and the Staff Organization Bargaining Team are both monetary and non-monetary items. Since March, the NCAE Board has worked to secure a staff contract that will not impinge the Association's current or future financial stability.
 NCAE is a non-profit organization whose income is generated solely from member dues. The Association has established in the 1992-93 budget additional money to continue paying the increased premiums for individual and family health coverage for staff. However, the NCAE's member-elected Board of Directors has chosen not to commit resources for increased compensation unless income to support that increase is secured. This plan has been categorically turned down by the Staff Organization, which declared a negotiations impasse last month.
 After bargaining resumed, the Staff Organization proposed that the Board of Directors and the union each submit a proposal to an outside arbitrator. The Board of Directors declined that proposal because it felt it was inappropriate to delegate to an outside agent the authority to make decisions about the Association's finances, or in essence, to decide the fate of NCAE and the programs it supports.
 In addition to providing full family medical coverage for every employee and his or her family, the Association also provides dental insurance and longevity pay for employees beginning at the fifth year of employment. NCAE has an employee retirement program to which it makes employer contributions as well as substantial portions of employee contributions.
 The NCAE Board of Directors has offered to return to the bargaining table in November when the Association's income data will be clearer. In the meantime, NCAE staff and leaders are working hard on member recruitment, on maintaining all benefits, rights and services to members that come with NCAE-NEA membership, and in offering professional and instructional conferences and seminars on many professional topics. The NCAE will not reduce its commitment to programs that improve instruction and enhance the professional development of its members.
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 /CONTACT: Jackie Vaughn, NCAE, 919-832-3000/ CO: North Carolina Association of Educators ST: North Carolina IN: SU:


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