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.
Your bargaining team met with the district on October 22, 2015. The district brought forth new language for evaluations, as well as changes to current language on sick leave. The district team had assured ACT at the last session that they would also bring forth numbers to discuss Salary and Benefits, but unfortunately they do not have any desire to discuss Article 17 (Salary and Benefits) at this time.
The district would like to add the following language to our current evaluation language:
• Teachers will need to demonstrate student progress in academic content standards as evidenced by result from multiple performance measures
You might be asking yourself, “What performance measures would the district like to include?” Here is a short list of performance measures that the district would like to use in the evaluation of our unit members:
• State adopted criterion referenced data
• Cohort data
• Periodic assessment data
• ELL progress and reclassification rates
• Pre and Post test data from Units of Studies
• Attendance Rates
• Class grades and percentage of passing students
• A-G course enrollment and passage rates
• Diagnostic tests to show progress towards IEP goals
• Teacher initiated data and other school wide data
The association has been asking the district to develop a new growth model evaluation for close to a year, yet this is what they present to us-with ZERO consultation.
Article #17 (Salary and Benefits)
A little less then two years ago, Dr. Enfield and Mr. Joseph introduced their new vision for the district in front of many local dignitaries. It was a revolutionary concept that placed “Students First” at the top of the pyramid. Dr. Enfield then stated that the number one most influential factor in the success of a student is the teacher. Yet EVERY subsequent action and expense by the district has shown us that their actual vision is a “Program First” model.
Their priorities and spending patterns have sent a clear statement to ACT. The district has spent all of their money on their priority programs. Once again, they have placed their employee groups’ needs and concerns at the bottom of the pyramid. The programs that they are purchasing are only as good as the teachers that teach them. We believe they should address teacher concerns and get their input from the teachers before they continue to purchase and implement these programs.
The bargaining team needs your UNITED and ORGANIZED support to reach a fair and equitable agreement.
Our next scheduled meeting with the district will be November 9th, 2015.
Susie Hofmann—Bargaining Chair
Kelly Larned and Sheri Hamblin – Members
On Monday, November 9, 2015, the bargaining team met with the district’s bargaining team for another round of negotiations. In light of the lawsuit, Doe vs. Antioch, ACT proposed counter-language to the district’s proposal on using assessments in evaluations.
> rejected all the district’s proposed language
> proposed language that meets the requirements of the lawsuit, yet is fair and equitable to our members
> proposed an increase to the salary schedule
> proposed an increase to the benefits cap
ACT also asked for clarification to the district’s definition of sick leave in their recent proposal.
ACT has 2 more dates scheduled for negotiations – November 30th and December 8th.Susie Hofmann—Bargaining Chair
Kelly Larned and Sheri Hamblin – Members
- February 12th
On Wednesday, February 10th your Bargaining Team met with the District for another round of bargaining. ACT presented a proposal that showed movement toward reaching agreement on nurse evaluations, and language on leaves. The nurse’s evaluation language has moved from an MOU to become part of the contract, and in accordance with a new law, sick leave may be used for doctor’s appointments and/or care of immediate family and household members.To counter the district’s offer of a one-time, off-schedule payment (bonus) of 3%, ACT proposed a 5% increase to the salary schedule retroactive to July 2015. The district stated that they don’t have the money for an ongoing adjustment to the salary schedule. District programs, books, and consultant costs for professional development are their priority.
The district’s budget reflects that nowhere is there a line item for ongoing bargaining unit salary increases although many other items have been increased since the introduction of the LCAP and LCFF. Money for books, supplies, and programs have all been increased. No money has been set aside to make good on the promise made at last year’s negotiations of coming back to the table this year to talk of a salary increase in 2015-2016.
Our next bargaining session is scheduled for March 15th. The district team has grown to 6 members, and with our 4, it’s hard to find a date that works for 10 people.
On the 15th, the district will bring their counter proposal. They’ve stated that there will be very little change in the language they are seeking on evaluations and salary.
Susie Hofmann, Bargaining Chair
Susana Salas, CTA
Todd Hancock, President
- On March 15th, ACT and the District met for another round of negotiations. The district’s proposal contained few changes. The district is still looking to add language on evaluations, and add another bullet point about using assessment to Standard 5 on the evaluation rubric. There were changes to specific words from previous proposals, but no real movement. The one constant was the offer of a one-time, off-schedule payment at 3%.
- The Association and the district met on Friday, April 22 to continue negotiations for the 2015-16 school year. We are pleased to report that there was positive movement towards a future TA during our session. At this point, we are unable to discuss specifics, but we are hopeful that we will continue this positive movement in our next session scheduled for May 3rd. We appreciate all of your support and thank you for your patience as we try to wrap up this round of bargaining.