Negotiations Update

The District includes this information on the Personnel Services webpage in an effort to improve communications with stakeholders, including employees, parents, and community members, regarding the labor negotiations process, and to share updates as they occur. This area of the Personnel Services webpage is intended to provide factual information about the status of labor negotiations with District bargaining units. The District negotiates with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Blue Collar and White Collar units, as well as the Eureka Teachers Association (ETA).

Eureka Teachers Association/CTA/NEA

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - February 8, 2018

The parties met for a third day of negotiations on February 8, 2018. Major topics discussed were:

  • Compensation
    o Proposed ongoing adjustment to compensation
    o Extra Duty Compensation
    o Salary Schedule Notes
    o School Calendar
    o Teaching Hours
    o Early Retirement
    o Home and Hospital Teachers
  • Incentive to increase average years of experience for teachers at Winship Middle School
  • Grievances
  • Transfers

Compensation 

The District proposed an ongoing 6% increase, effective July 1, 2018, to close negotiations for 3 years. This has an annual increased cost of just under $1 million. The District gave ETA the option on how to allocate the 6% across different priority areas, including the salary schedule, health benefits, extra duty salary schedule, extra support positions, etc.

In order to fund a portion of this increase, the District will be required to use LCFF (Local Control Funding Formula) base revenue and our Supplemental and Concentration dollars. Supplemental and Concentration funding is targeted at improving outcomes for students included in our unduplicated count (foster and homeless youth, students eligible for free and reduced lunch, and English learners) who are supported by new and increased services. Currently proposed new and increased services include an additional professional development day, increased collaboration time, and teacher supervision before, during, and after school to improve school climate and student behavior. Supplemental and Concentration dollars cannot be used for a general increase to the salary schedule without being tied to student outcomes or to new and increased services.

As part of its compensation package proposal, the District also presented proposals on various other articles, which have cost implications. The proposals included Article 7: Early Retirement, Article 11: Extra Duty Compensation, Article 20: Salary Schedule Notes, Article 23: School Calendar, and Article 25: Teacher Hours.

ETA presented proposals on home and hospital teachers and extra duty compensation (Appendix B) as well as a conceptual proposal on grievances.

Grievances
ETA provided a conceptual proposal regarding grievances dealing with mutually recognized timeline problems. The parties engaged in productive discussion, and the District will present a written counterproposal on this article at the next negotiations session.

Transfers
The District presented a proposal on Article 28: Transfer and Reassignment which included language to clarify timelines on involuntary transfers and to continue the expired provision regarding involuntary transfers unrelated to over and under staffing.
The parties meet again March 2, 2018. The District looks forward to continued productive negotiations with ETA.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE - January 31, 2018

The District and ETA negotiating teams met on January 31, 2018 for the second session of contract negotiations for 2018-19. Major topics discussed were:

• Grievances
• Extra Duty Compensation
• Children’s Center
• Complaints Against Teachers
• Transfers

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Paul Ziegler reviewed funding streams for 2018-19, including increased Supplemental and Concentration funding, which is tied to services targeted at students included in the unduplicated count (foster and homeless youth, students eligible for free and reduced lunch, and English learners).

The parties held productive discussion over areas of ambiguity and concern in the Grievance article (Article 12), but did not exchange additional proposals. The District presented a proposal on Extra Duty Compensation (Article 11) which reflected its intention to update certain provisions and clean up old language. The District also presented a proposal on the Children's Center (Article 3) to bring the contract language in line with current practice. The District presented a proposal on Complaints Against Teachers (Article 5) to make the contract language consistent with state and federal requirements for complaints of unlawful discrimination.

The parties meet again on February 8, 2018, and plan to exchange proposals on Transfers and Reassignments (Article 28), Home and Hospital Instruction, Grievances (Article 12), Children's Center (Article 3), and the Extra Duty Salary Schedule (Appendix B). Further discussion regarding compensation proposals is also anticipated.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE—December 7, 2017

The District and ETA teams met today to begin negotiations for 2018-19. The entire contract is open, and the parties provided additional information on their respective re-openers. The total list includes the following articles: 1-Agreement/Term, 2-Basic Management Rights; 3-Children’s Center, 4-Class Size, 5-Complaints Against Teachers, 7-Early Retirement, 9-Employee Benefits, 10-Evaluation Procedures, 11-Extra Duty Compensation, 12-Grievance Procedures, 19-Recognition, 20- Salary Schedule Notes, 25-Teacher Hours, 28-Transfer and Assignment, 29-Peer Assistance and Review Program and AB119.

The District provided a proposal on Grievances that addresses the issue of timelines-a concern shared by both parties. This article will be reviewed in subsequent negotiations.

The parties agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to create a committee to explore options and develop recommendations on evaluation systems and forms. This committee will begin its work in January with a goal of bringing recommendations to the negotiating teams in March 2018.

Future dates, starting in January, were set for negotiations. The Governor will present his first draft of the 2018-19 State budget in mid-January. This will be a topic for negotiations, once its impact on the District budget is evaluated.

LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE—September 15, 2015

As part of the ongoing negotiations between the District and ETA for the 2015-16 school year, the District and ETA met on September 15, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The District presented a package proposal. The District proposed eliminating most of its previously-proposed language changes (from the prior session) with the exception of a couple clean-up items. The proposal included continuing the 3% salary increase that is set to expire June 30, 2016 on an ongoing basis and continuing the monthly $80 increase in District contributions to health and welfare benefits (also set to expire June 30, 2016), bringing the District’s contribution to $986 monthly, per 1.0 FTE, on an ongoing basis. There was a brief discussion about the mutual desire to update Article 20.3B related to credit for military experience when placing employees on the salary schedule.

ETA responded with a package proposal to include the 3% salary increase ongoing plus an additional 2% ongoing increase effective July 1, 2015. ETA also proposed continuing the District contribution to health and welfare benefits in the amount of $986 monthly as stated in the District’s proposal. The ETA proposal included the restoration of Steps 24 and 27 retroactive to July 1, 2015. The proposal included proposed language changes under Article 20.3B and some language clean-up items.

The District and ETA discussed salary step placement credit for military experience and reached agreement on this item.

We are scheduled to meet again October 14, 2015 to continue negotiations.

California School Employees Association #88 Blue Collar Unit

The District and CSEA are preparing to sunshine for 2015-16. We are scheduled to meet October 6, 2015 to review issues, discuss placement of a new position (Transition Partnership Program Caseworker), and work on closing the 2014-15 contract negotiations.

California School Employees Association #88 White Collar Unit

An update will be provided as available.