Teachers of Miami-Dade County reached a huge milestone after Referendum 362 passed Nov. 8 with 71 percent of voters’ approval. The increase, that went into effect on Jan 1, 2019, offers a 5 percent increase, and a 12.5-22.75 perfect for full-time teachers in July 2019, resulting in an incredible victory for teachers across the county. This is reportedly the biggest raise ever for teachers in Miami-Dade public schools.

“From a security and clerical to our paraprofessionals, subs, and teachers, both seasoned and new, not a single person in our bargaining unit was left behind in this effort,” said Karla Hernandez Mats, the president of the United Teachers of Dade.

In accordance to the new agreement between the Miami-Dade district and United Teachers of Dade provides an annual increase to teachers of anywhere from around $5,000 to about $18,500, with mid-career instructors receiving the highest boost in their salaries.

Eligible part-time teaching personnel and substitutes will receive a referendum-funded hourly premium of 8 percent effective July 1, and all school support staff members who are not eligible under the referendum will be given a salary adjustment of 3 percent, retroactive to July 1, 2018.

Miami-Dade Schools Police Department employees also received a salary adjustment and a retirement-accruing supplement that will make Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ annual salaries for police officers comparable to those in the surrounding municipalities.

Moreover, the district will absorb increased insurance costs for employees and their dependents while a free insurance option continues to be available to all employees.