As is typical in union contracts, Instructional Assistant hourly rates vary based on an employee’s “step,” where employees start at step 1 and move up a single step with each year of earned experience in the district. For the current 2021/22 school year, Andover IAs have been offered hourly rates between $18.24 and $27.41, depending on tenure with the district.
However, by law, the district cannot pay union employees increases without a signed collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Because the CBA expired in August 2020 and there is no successor agreement in place, Andover IAs are still being paid at the negotiated 2019/20 school year rate, which is between $16.45 and $26.31 per hour.
The hourly rates proposed by the School Committee for each of the three years of the contract can be found in Table 2. Note the salary rate proposal includes the addition of a new step 10, and also increases the 16+ year longevity bonus from $650 per year to $750 per year paid as part of the hourly rate. (This longevity increase is in addition to the longevity bonuses of 2.5%, 3.0%, 3.5% and 4.0 % of total hourly pay provided after 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service, respectively. For example, a full-time IA with 17 years in the district would receive $1,235 in longevity bonus pay in addition to the pay rate on the top/asterisk step.)