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Union for Joplin School Bus Drivers/Aids File Grievance: Alleges District Not Deducting Retirement Benefits

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The union representing bus drivers and aids files a grievance with the Joplin district.

     The Joplin National Education Association representative filed the grievance on behalf of the Joplin Education Support Professionals or JESP. The filing alleges the district has not been making retirement plan deductions for bus drivers and aids who put in more than twenty hours a week.

     Support staff recently complained to school board candidates about being understaffed and driving extra routes. 

     The official complaint was filed late last week.

     And when questioned about it then, the acting superintendent was unaware of the filing but acknowledged it could be a problem.

Dr. Norm Ridder said, “I've heard something about that, that there was some catchup. I think that’s been done, but I could double check that. Right now I’m not aware of that. We're by law, we have to do that.  So I don’t know why they have that concern."

  Drivers say they may be scheduled to work nineteen and a half hour weeks but regularly work up to thirty or more.

 The school district today issued a statement that said in part, "General personnel matters such as these will be handled either through the grievance procedure or through the collective bargaining process."

     The benefits come under the PEERS program which stands for Public Education Employee Retirement System of Missouri

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