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Ratification Meeting  June 21, 2024

On June 6, 2024 the negotiations teams for the District and the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals reached a tentative agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Agreement for the successor contracts covering the period of July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2028.   It is expected that the tentative agreement will be brought before the School Committee on June 20, 2024 for their approval. Therefore, we will hold a virtual ratification meeting on June 21, 2024 to bring the tentative agreement before the body of members of the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals for their approval.


As this is a meeting to vote on ratifying our successor contract, only union members will be admitted to the meeting. So that we may ensure that only current members are in attendance, you will need to have your first and last name displayed to be admitted to the meeting.  For information on ensuring your first and last name are displayed please see the following link: Display name on zoom


Topic: Ratification Meeting for the July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2028 Successor Contract


Time: Jun 21, 2024 The waiting room will open at 9:30 am and the meeting will begin promptly at 10:00 am.  The voting will begin at 11:00 am.


Please see your SPS email for the Zoom link.

Some of the highlights of the agreement are:


Equalized pay over 22 or 26 (26 pay periods are voluntary at the request of the employee) pay periods for a period of 188 days working days (180 student days, 7 professional development days and 1 convocation day)



Red circle base pay differential to ensure that all bargaining unit member, not including paraeducators in training, receive an increase of at least 4%


Bachelors level step for COTA/PTA  3%


MOA for Diapering added to the contract to replace current contract language


Study Committees for Low Incidence/1 to 1 and PFML


Increases: July 1, 2024              4%  

                  July 1, 2025                3% 

                 July 1, 2026                3% 

                July 1, 2027                3%


Contract language concerning paid holidays and incentive days has been memorialized


Incentive days earned this school year (2023- 2024) will be paid out in our last paycheck on July 5, 2024.


MOA’s for Para Teacher of Record and Paraeducators In Training will still remain separate agreements and have been signed for the 2024-2025 school year.


Please email me if you have any questions.

Local 4098 Member of the Month
June 2024
Diorana Delgado

Diorana Delgado has been a member of the Federation since she began working as a Paraeducator on October 23, 1995.  She currently works in the Life Skills program at the High School of Science and Technology.  She was nominated by Kim Thompson.

Kevin Lalime, Principal of the High School of Science and Technology, writes “Ms. Delgado is the consummate Team Player.  She is always willing to do whatever is needed to ensure her students and colleagues are supported and have what they need to be successful.  This selfless approach is what it's all about.  We are all better people because we have the privilege to work with someone like Ms. Delgado every day.  Ours students are better because they know she is always in their corner.

I am proud of her, and I am proud to be able to call her a colleague and friend.  Congratulations on recognition that is well deserved. “

“Dee’s has an unwavering dedication to her student’s individual needs. She goes above and beyond to ensure each student feels supported and empowered to succeed. You can count on her to support not only her students but the staff as well. Her sense of humor brightens my day and the days of her peers.    She is an asset to the High School of Science and Technology.” writes Elizabeth Turgeon, Assistant Principal at the High School of Science and Technology.

Charlene Marshall writes, “Diorana or as most of us call her - Dee has been nothing but amazing. She is beautiful soul inside and out with a dash of funny. I remember walking in on my first day of work and her welcoming me with open arms /cracking jokes. I remember thinking to myself “oh I’m going to fit right in.”  She made me feel like that. She is a coworker that turned into a friend who then became family. She not only makes a difference in her students’ life but goes above and beyond to be there for her co-workers. She is somebody I trust with my life. Diorana is a person with integrity & respect who’s never afraid to advocate for herself, student and peers, I am so grateful and blessed to be able to call her a friend!”

Congratulations Dee and thank you for Making A Difference!

Wondering about your member benefits?  Check these out!

Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals 
Local 4098
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Nominate a Local 4098 Member to be the Member of the Month


Do you know a member of our unit who goes above and beyond?  Would you like to nominate that person for recognition within our local? 


We would like to acknowledge a single member of our unit on a monthly basis for their contributions to our members and our local.  


Use this link to nominate a member and tell us a little about why you think we should recognize them as the "Local 4098  Member of the Month ". 

You can watch the School Committee Meetings live on Comcast-Channel 9 in Springfield or on YouTube on the Focus Springfield Channel Focus Springfield Community TV - YouTube

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