LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency employees will get a 3% salary increase and an increase in benefits under a collective bargaining agreement unanimously approved by the agency’s governing Board Tuesday morning.

AVSTA CEO Morris Fuselier highlighted the 14 changes in the agreement for members of the governing board. Those include a clarification of overtime assignment language, guidelines for posting seniority list and requirements for drivers to maintain Type 1 bus certification.

The ongoing raise is retroactive to July 1. Employee health benefits will also increase by $800 a year to the amount the agency will pay annually for their health insurance. The increase is retroactive to Oct. 1. The Board approved a similar increase last June for fiscal 2017-18.

“It was kind of a long, drawn-out negotiation, but I think we got some things in here that we really needed to work on and we’re looking forward to cranking it up a little bit here for next year,” Fuselier said.

The Board also unanimously approved a 3% salary increase for confidential/management employees on the 2018-19 salary schedule.

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