SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 14, 2013

Nurses union is folded into the DTA

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — The union representing nine school nurses has been folded into the Danvers Teachers Association, a move that could help streamline negotiations next year, Superintendent Lisa Dana said.

The move reduces the number of education-related unions that bargain with the school department and town from five to four.

Dana said it took about two years to fully integrate the nurses’ contract into the teachers’ contract. The nurses had previously been represented by a special section of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

This change makes the Danvers Teachers Association, at almost 300 members, the largest municipal union in town.

The teachers’ three-year contract expires on June 30, 2014, and negotiations for a new agreement will take place over the course of the coming year. In addition to the teachers union, the schools will also bargain with unions for teachers aides, cafeteria workers and secretaries. Dana said these units fall under the umbrella of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Dana said the Danvers Teachers Association now represents all employees licensed with the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education who are not administrators, which will allow for consistency when dealing with personnel matters.

There are two nurses at Danvers High, two at Holten Richmond Middle School and one each at the town’s five elementary schools.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.