Cranston council approves labor contracts for school bus drivers, other staff

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Cranston City Council has approved three-year labor contracts for the school district’s school bus drivers, mechanics and other professionals, according to The Providence Journal.

The Providence Journal reports that the tentative agreement for drivers and mechanics calls for pay raises ranging from 6.5 percent to 7.7 percent in the first year, 2 percent in the second year and reopening bargaining on pay in the third year.

Under a second agreement for the few professionals, it would be 4 percent in the first year, then 2 percent and then a reopener.

Both deals would eliminate longevity pay. And the 90 or so employees covered by the contracts would be required for the first time to absorb health insurance deductibles.

Employees now earn an annual bonus of $600 after 10 years of service and $775 after 15 years.

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