(December 23, 2021) The Rochester City School District has reached a collective bargaining agreement with members from the Rochester Association of Paraprofessionals (RAP). RAP membership compromises our teaching assistants and paraprofessionals. This is a two-year successor to the current collective bargaining agreement, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023 and includes:
- Two-year agreement with a minimum 3% wage increase each year, retroactive to July 1, 2021.
- Much of this agreement focuses on paying a more competitive, living wage, and is intended to ensure recruitment and retention of the RCSD’s workforce.
- Substantial salary increase to wage schedule, with the lowest bracket being increased from $12.50/hr. to $15.00/hr. as of July 1, 2021.
Superintendent Lesli Myers-Small said, “This successor agreement with RAP is an important step in ensuring staff are cared for. Our paraprofessionals and teaching assistants work closely to serve the needs of our most precious students in special education and prekindergarten. RAP members know our students’ daily routines, friends, family, and specific educational needs. I am happy we are able to support them with a wage increase.”
RAP President Angie Rivera said, “Faced with a job shortage crisis, we are pleased to reach an agreement with the District that gives RAP employees minimum wage. Our members serve students with critical needs and they provide vital services within the District.”