The District has made the decision to open Article 17 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (our contract). As bargaining session occur between our bargaining team and the District’s bargaining team, updates will be posted here.
Changes to the district’s offer included a 3% compensation package as follows:
The compensation was tied to an indefinite MOU for an alternatively bargaining Grade Span Adjustment (class size).
On Thursday, June 16, 2016, the negotiations teams from ACT and CVUSD came to an agreement on the 3rd year (2015-2016) of a 3-year contract (2013-2016). This final year took more than a year of give and take from both sides, and finally after a last ditch effort and 5.5 hours at the table, a deal was struck that has benefits to both parties, and without infringing on the rights of ACT unit members.
Negotiation is a give and take by definition, and the ability to compromise is an art form of sorts – like a dance that has many moves, and can change tempo throughout. When both partners end the dance, they must feel that each achieved what they set out to do. One dance partner does not “win”, while the other “loses”. They are in the dance together, and if one falls, the other shall be brought down with them. When both succeed at their goal (completing the dance successfully with no injuries), well, that is bargaining at its best.
Parts of the dance:
Language Issues –
CVUSD was brought into a lawsuit because the ACT Contract Article 126.96.36.199 stated that, “Results of any tests utilized for measuring progress toward the fulfillment of goals set forth in the Single School Plan,” could NOT be used during the evaluation process. CVUSD needed this removed. They proposed all sorts of new language on using assessments along with an addition to the current rubric that included how test scores would be used to rate a teacher.
In the end – we removed the article language from 188.8.131.52 (it keeps ACT out of the lawsuit), but did not agree to any additional language to be added to the existing evaluation rubric. Test scores will still only be used to guide instruction.
CVUSD also wanted an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) on class-size, Grade Span Adjustment (GSA), to be put in place in perpetuity…forever. We have been willing to give this GSA language for limited terms, and the district has kept their word on lowering K-3 class sizes. The language allows them to fall back on the numbers in our contract without losing the GSA money, or having to pay it back if they go over the average of 26 to 1 (current year). This language benefits all…but FOREVER???….NO. ACT was willing to give 3 years, but in the end – we compromised at 5 years on the GSA MOU.
There were other minor language changes like removing “Subfinder”, cleaning up some Board Policy numbers, and some grammatical clean-up.
Another significant change is a benefit to all – sick leave can now be used for the, “… diagnosis, care, or treatment of an existing health condition of, or preventative care, for the employee or an employees family member, or an employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.”
ACT wanted unit members to have more of a voice during their pre-observation conference. Therefore, new language in Article 8 states that the evaluator and unit member will mutually establish common goals to support professional growth.
Another benefit for our members is that now our nurses will have their own evaluation forms as part of the contract. Up until recently, nurses were evaluated using the teacher evaluation forms.
The counselors will also be getting their own forms, but that is being worked on as an MOU and Pilot Program outside of this current contract.
Finally…the “freestyle” portion of the dance…
ACT wanted an increase to the salary schedule. CVUSD did not want an increase.
ACT waited for CVUSD’s offer…and waited,…and waited. Finally a very generous offer of 0% came. We countered with 5% and $2000 added to benefits.
Then, because CVUSD wanted the aforementioned additional evaluation language, we were offered a 3% one-time bonus. We countered with 5% and $2000. (In essence, they moved…we didn’t.)
Over the course of negotiations, “numbers” get morphed into figures that work for both parties – both parties need to move toward each other – negotiation, bargaining, give and take, compromise. This is what was done after hours and hours at the table.
After already receiving a 7% increase plus a 1% off-schedule payment during the first 2 years of the 2013-2016 contract period, ACT will additionally receive:
3% increase to the salary schedule effective July 1st, 2016
2.5% off-schedule one-time (BONUS) payment retro back to July 1, 2015*
$500 added to the Health benefit cap bringing it up to $7,644.
These numbers bring the total increases to the salary schedule for the duration of the 2013-2016 contract to a double-digit increase of 10%, 3.5% in one-time payments, and a $500 increase to health benefits. This is one of the highest salary increases in the area when compared to school districts with similar statistics!
Executive Board votes to accept/deny TA
Postcards will be sent to explain voting timelines
Unit members vote to ratify/deny TA
CVUSD sends TA to county to ratify
School Board votes to accept/deny TA
Thank you for your support!
Susie Hofmann, Bargaining Chair
Kelly Larned, Member
Sheri Hamblin, Member
Susana Salas, CTA
*Bonus check has a qualifier stating that only unit members who were in paid status between October 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015, will receive the off-schedule payment.