(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement between DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the Council of School Officers (CSO), which represents 840 DCPS employees from a variety of positions, such as school leadership, administrators, and service providers.
“I’m proud of the teams from DCPS and CSO who came together reach this agreement, which will allow us to increase compensation for hundreds of CSO members who are serving our school communities,” said Mayor Bowser. “We know how critical this school year will be for our students’ comeback. We are incredibly grateful that our students attend schools that are filled with adults who love them, challenge them, and who go above and beyond to support their development.”
The new agreement includes a 2.5% pay raise for FY21, a 2.5% increase for FY22, a 3.5% increase for FY23, and a 4% increase for FY24, representing in total a 12.5% salary increase for all members across four years. The agreement also includes an extra duty pay supplement in recognition of the substantial after hours work and commitment of CSO members. The previous agreement was effective from October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2020.
Joining the Mayor for the signing were Richard A. Jackson, President of the Council of School Officers, DCPS Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Lindsey Maxwell, Director of the Department of Human Resources and Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, and Dyana Forester, President of Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO.
“Our principals, assistant principals, school administrators, and service providers, have a magnitude of responsibilities. I am proud that we have an agreement that demonstrates our commitment and appreciation for our school leaders and school staff,” said Chancellor Ferebee. “It is our goal for CSO members to feel valued for their work through these increased compensation opportunities, bonuses, and personal leave days as indicated in the new agreement.”
“This agreement recognizes the valuable leadership and dedication of our school leaders, administrators, and service providers!” said CSO President Richard A. Jackson. “Their perseverance in the face of the many school challenges, especially during the pandemic, has allowed our students and families to seamlessly continue to receive exemplary service. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Mayor and our DC Public School partners and look forward to a continuation of our collaborative relationship.”