The West Hartford Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 3-year contract with the school nurses association.
The agreement calls for a 6 percent salary increase over the life of the contract, with a 2 percent increase annually. In addition, step increases are also available.
The town received concessions in the area of health care, where employee contributions increase from 15.5 percent to 17.5 percent for the health maintenance organization plan and from 17.5 percent to 18.5 percent in the preferred provider organization plan.
In-patient hospital co-pays also increased to $200 and out-patient co-pay increased to $150.
Pharmacy co-pays also increased to $15/$25/40 retail and $30/$50/80 for the mandatory mail order program.Rick Ledwith, the West Hartford executive director of human resources, said that the negotiations went smoothly, noting that collective bargaining can go on for months. The nurses bargaining unit agreed to terms in just two negotiation meetings.