After eight negotiating sessions which began in April, the Volusia teachers' union failed to accept an average raise of 2% plus a $350 bonus today. The Volusia United Educators (union) refused to respond to the district's offer. This was the district's 13th proposal.
"We are disappointed that the union president did not bargain in good faith today for our teachers," said district negotiating team member and elementary school principal Cristina Raimundo. "It appears that the union is not prepared to compromise or reach a solution."
Below are highlights of the offer to the teachers' union for this school year:
- Raise: An average teachers' raise of 2%
- Bonus: Plus a $350 bonus
- Increase to supplements/stipends: 2% increase in supplements and stipends
- Dental insurance subsidy: Restore dental insurance Board contribution negotiated with the union to expire on June 30, 2018
- Health insurance subsidy: Keep health insurance Board contribution of up to $531 per month negotiated with the union two years ago
- Raise distribution: Keep formula used for distribution of raises negotiated with the union three years ago to comply with state performance pay law
- Reduced meetings: Reduce number of potential meetings per month by 25%
- Elementary day: Change elementary school work day to match secondary school work day. This would bring the elementary day in line with surrounding districts and result in additional instructional time and teacher planning time
- Opportunities for flexibility: The current union contract allows a faculty with its principal to seek flexibility from mandates of the union contract through a waiver vote of at least 80% of the faculty. Originally, we proposed majority approval by the faculty but it was rejected by the union. We have offered a 2/3 vote as a compromise.