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Paul Hall

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Jeanne Batey

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Calif, Laura
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Negotiations Update

LABOR NEGOTIATIONS – SAN LORENZO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Frequently Asked Questions

May 23, 2014

Based on our receipt of numerous inquiries concerning the status of San Lorenzo Education Association contract negotiations and in our desire to keep our stakeholders informed, we have attempted to answer some of the “frequently asked questions” recently received by the District regarding the status and substance of the current collective bargaining process.

A summary of proposals related to wages, benefits and working conditions, are as follows:

SLEA Current Compensation Proposal—May 22, 2014

  • 4.0% on the Salary Schedule in 2014-15, and 4.0% in 2015-16;
  • 2.0 % one-time payment in 2014-15, and 2.0% one-time payment in 2015-2016;
  • $6,547 (individual) and $1,230 (family) for health and welfare benefits in 2014-15, and $7,797 (individual) and $1,230 (family) in 2105-16, for an approximate equivalent of 1.4% each year;
  • 2.5 additional workdays for professional development (salary schedule will increase accordingly by 1.35%)  

Total: 8.75% for 2014-15      8.75% for 2015-16    
 

District Counter Proposal —May 22, 2014

  • 3.75% on the Salary Schedule in 2014-15 (this includes 1.33% for the 2.5 Staff Development Days), and 2.25% in 2015-16;
  • 1.75 % one-time payment in 2014-15, and 1.75% one-time payment in 2015-16;
  • 0.75% increase in the Health Care Benefits for 2014-15, and 0.75% increase in 2015-16;
  • Any increase in Kaiser (employee only), dental (employee only) and UNUM, the District and members will share the cost increases equally;
  • In 2014-15 eliminate first three steps of the salary schedule (0.54% equivalent increase for current employees residing on first three steps, 0.33% equivalent for new teachers) for a 0.87% equivalent increase to the bargaining unit.

Total: 7.12% for 2014-15     4.75% for 2015-16   

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 150 minutes per week = $426,000 (0.9% equivalent increase); provided through an increase in physical education instruction.

After receiving the District’s last, best, and final offer on May 22, 2014, SLEA requested to have the next bargaining session scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014. 
 

*Data from 2012-13 Salary and Benefit Report for Alameda County Unified School Districts

 
                 

District

BA+30, Step  1 + Benefits

 

District

BA+60, Step 10 + Benefits

 

District

Max. Schedule + Benefits

Steps to Max.

New Haven

$61,646

 

Albany

$80,821

 

Albany

$102,501

25

Albany

$61,295

 

Pleasanton

$80,752

 

New Haven

$101,277

32

Pleasanton

$60,372

 

Dublin

$80,207

 

Piedmont

$100,882

25

Piedmont

$57,447

 

Piedmont

$79,658

 

Fremont

$99,925

29

Livermore

$57,316

 

New Haven

$79,009

 

Pleasanton

$98,045

20

Dublin

$55,979

 

Livermore

$78,995

 

San Lorenzo

$96,061

23

Berkeley

$55,199

 

Fremont

$75,516

 

Dublin

$94,872

30

Average

$55,143

 

Newark

$75,355

 

Average

$94,459

25

Fremont

$54,866

 

Average

$75,244

 

Newark

$94,192

25

Newark

$54,300

 

Berkeley

$74,443

 

Livermore

$94,090

30

Hayward

$53,327

 

Hayward

$73,840

 

Castro Valley

$93,162

40

Castro Valley

$53,298

 

Castro Valley

$73,821

 

San Leandro

$91,913

24

Oakland

$52,490

 

San Lorenzo

$72,069

 

Berkeley

$90,364

23

San Leandro

$50,218

 

San Leandro

$69,449

 

Hayward

$88,061

18

San Lorenzo

$50,190

 

Alameda

$67,689

 

Alameda

$87,886

27

Alameda

$49,199

 

Oakland

$67,043

 

Oakland

$83,649

31

SLEA Current Compensation Proposal—May 13, 2014

  • 5.5% on the salary schedule;

  § 1.75 % one-time payment in 2014-15;

  • $6,290 (individual) and $2,230 (family) increase in health and welfare benefits, for a 1.4% equivalent.

Total: 8.65%

 

District Counter Proposal —May 13, 2014

§  2.25% on the Salary Schedule in 2014-15, and 2.25% in 2015-16;

§  1.75 % one-time payment in 2014-15, and 1.75% one-time payment in 2015-16;

§  0.55% increase in the Health Care Benefits for 2014-15, and 0.55% increase in 2015-16;

  • Eliminate first three steps of the salary schedule (0.54% equivalent increase for current employees residing on first three steps, 0.33% equivalent for new teachers) for a 0.87% equivalent increase to the bargaining unit;
  • Add 2.5 professional development days (per diem rate) for a 1.33% equivalent.

Total: 6.75% for 2014-15     4.55% for 2015-16    

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 150 minutes per week = $426,000 (0.9% equivalent increase); provided through an increase in physical education instruction.

 

SLEA Current Compensation Proposal on May 8, 2014

§  6.75 % on Salary Schedule;

§  1.0 % Bonus;

§  (2.4%) $7, 087.00 individual, family $2,230.00 stated looking for District direction in how the district is going to bring parity with SLMA;

§  Additional Compensation paid at base rate /prorated Column C, Step 4 of SLEA’s Salary Scale.

Total 10.15%

 

Conceptually agreed on Article XV, Grievances on May 8, 2014

 

District Counter Proposal on May 8, 2014

For two years: 2014-2015; 2015-2016

§  2% on the Salary Schedule in 2014-15, and 2% in 2015-16;

§  1.5 % one-time payment in 2014-15, and 1.5% one-time payment in 2015-16;

§  0.55% increase in the Health Care Benefits for 2014-15, and.055% increase in 2015-16;

§  Eliminate steps 1-3 of Salary Schedule. Starting Salary will be Step 4. (0.87% equivalent)  implemented in the 2014-2015 school year;

§  2.5 Days Professional Development on calendar with prorated compensation (1.33% equivalent);

§  ** Request Caesar Chavez Day as a holiday on  calendars beginning 2014-2015;

§  Grades 1,  150 minutes prep time (0.9% equivalent).

Total cost to District: 11.2% over two years

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 150 minutes per week = $426,000 (0.9% equivalent); provided through an increase in physical education instruction.

 

SLEA Counter Proposal—April 22, 2014

  • 7.5% on the salary schedule
  • 2.4% increase in health and welfare benefits
  • Increased compensation when covering for substitutes
  • Increased hourly rates of pay
  • Increased prep time for elementary teachers

Total: 9.9%

District Counter Proposal--April 22, 2014

  • 1.7% on the salary schedule, 1% one-time bonus;
  • 0.55% increase to the District's contribution towards health and welfare benefits;
  • Eliminate first three steps of the salary schedule (0.54% equivalent increase for current employees residing on first three steps, 0.33% equivalent for new teachers) for a 0.87% equivalent increase to the bargaining unit;
  • Add 2.5 professional development days (to the existing 2.5 days) for an additional 1.33% increase to compensation.

Total: 4.45% + 1% one-time bonus

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 150 minutes per week = $426,000 (0.9% equivalent increase); provided through an increase in physical education instruction.

District Counter Proposal – April 3, 2014

  • 1.5% on the salary schedule;
  • 0.5% increase to the District's contribution towards health and welfare benefits;
  • Eliminate first three steps of the salary schedule (0.54% equivalent increase for current employees residing on first three steps, 0.33% equivalent for new teachers) for a 0.87% equivalent increase to the bargaining unit;
  • Add 2.5 professional development days (to the existing 2.5 days) for an additional 1.33% increase to compensation.

Total: 4.2%

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 150 minutes per week = $426,000 (0.9% equivalent); provided through an increase in physical education instruction.

SLEA Counter Proposal – March 27, 2014

  • 8.5% on the salary schedule;
  • 2.6% increase in health and welfare benefits ($2,000 increase in health and welfare benefits per person; $1,000 increase for family coverage);
  • 0.5% in additional compensation for coverage in the absence of a substitute (K-12) in hourly rate of pay:  Column C, Step 12 of SLEA’s Salary Schedule.

Total: 11.6%

District Counter Proposal – March 13, 2014

  • 1.0% on the salary schedule;
  • Eliminate first three steps of the salary schedule (0.54% equivalent increase for current employees residing on first three steps, 0.33% equivalent for new teachers) for a 0.87% equivalent increase to the bargaining unit;
  • Add 2.5 professional development days (to the existing 2.5 days) for an additional 1.33% increase to compensation.

Total:  3.2%

Working conditions:  Increase elementary teacher preparation time to 120 minutes per week = $320,000 (0.67% equivalent) to be provided by an increase in physical education instruction.

SLEA Opening Proposal – February 25, 2014

  • 9.5% on the salary schedule;
  • 5.2% increase in the District contribution towards health and welfare benefits ($4,000 increase per person; $2,000 increase for family coverage).

Total:  14.7%

 

Q:  What is the San Lorenzo Education Association?

A:  SLEA is the union that represents the District’s 576 teachers, counselors, librarians and nurses.

 

Q:  What is being negotiated?

A:  The District and SLEA are in the process of negotiating a successor contract for members of the Association because their contract is set to expire on June 30, 2014.  The parties have been negotiating since December of 2013.  Items in the contract, once finalized, will address salary, benefits, working conditions, language changes to the contract, and a variety of other topics.

 

Q:  What are the main factors driving negotiations?

A:  The District's goals are to have more equitable preparation time (between elementary grades and secondary), salary schedules (at the top end and beginning steps), and district benefits contributions (from all union groups).  Thankfully, after years of unprecedented financial stress and shamefully inadequate funding for public education at the State level, this year the District received its first increase to state revenue in nearly seven years.  This came as a result of the legislative implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula which not only increased the District's base revenue, but given our population of English language learners, low income families and foster children, also resulted in additional concentration and supplemental grant funding from the state, money specifically earmarked to increase and/or improve services to these students.  Increases to base grant as well as supplemental and concentration grant funding is also anticipated for 2014-2015.  Trying to negotiate a contract that meets the needs of our dedicated teachers and staff members while ensuring that resources are aligned with District goals, including our soon-to-be-adopted Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), is our charge and challenge.

 

Q:  How many times have SLEA and the District met this year?  What proposals have been exchanged? 

A:  After both SLEA and the District presented their initial proposals for public review in October and November 2013 respectively, the teams have met ten times (December 19, 2013,  January 31, February 6,  25, March 13, 27, April 3, April 22, May 8, May 13, 2014, and May 22).  At each meeting, proposals were exchanged that included increases to compensation as well as changes to existing contract language concerning working conditions.  Compensation has been specifically discussed at two of the seven sessions. 

 

Q:  Have SLEA and the District agreed on anything so far?

A:  The parties have come to conceptual agreements on language related to Job Sharing, Association Rights and Leaves, Grievances, Evaluations, Elementary Music and PE, and Teaching Hours, including Exhibit C which remain contingent upon resolution of all other outstanding bargaining issues. The parties are working Class Size, Salaries, Calendar, and Health Benefits.

 

Q:  Didn't the teachers already receive a raise?

A:  For the current 2013-2014 school year, SLEA and the District previously agreed to contract terms which raised teacher compensation in the form of a 3.5% increase to the salary schedule (ongoing) plus a 2.0% one-time bonus.  As noted above, the District and SLEA are currently negotiating contract terms, including wages, benefits and other terms and conditions of employment which will be effective starting with the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.   

 

Q:  How can I stay abreast of negotiation issues?

A:  As major milestones in the negotiation process occur, we will be posting them on this website.

 

 

HR OBJECTIVE

Plan, organize, control, and direct a variety of programs, projects and activities related to recruitment, selection, placement and retention of certificated and classified employees, labor relations and employee performance evaluation.

The Human Resources Department provides support and assistance in all matters related to employment in the district including:

* credentials * units * salary placement * substitutes * professional growth

San Lorenzo Unified School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The district is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1982 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age (over 40 years), sex, marital status, medical condition (cured or rehabilitated cancer), or physical handicap in any of its programs, activities, or employment practices.

 

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CHILD ABUSE REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory Training for all Employees,

The training listed below will be set up through Keenan’s Safe Schools program.  Login information is posted below.

            1.  Child Abuse: Identification and Prevention

This training is required to be completed for Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse.  The training is approximately 30 minutes.  There is audio required for this program so please make sure computers are equipped properly before you begin. 

The window for all staff to complete this training is September 6, 2014 through September 30, 2013.  All staff with email assigned through the District will receive an email notification of the assigned training.  Special arrangements will need to be made for LPS staff to watch and take a written test.  Child Nutrition will be handling the training for their employees. 

Child Abuse reporting  form: http://ag.ca.gov/childabuse/pdf/ss_8572.pdf

Instructions on how to complete the form: http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/childabuse/8572_instruct.pdf

 

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Mandated Reporting Board Policy and Administrative Regulations

BOARD POLICY 5141.4   &    ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS 5141.4