School District Bargaining Update: 7.5% raise rejected by teachers' union in 3-year deal

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Negotiating teams for the board and union met for 16 hours yesterday. The district is committed to keeping employees and the public informed during this process. Any feedback or questions from bargaining unit members should be directed to the appropriate bargaining unit/union representative.

Below are highlights of the negotiating session that ended at midnight:

  • Three-year deal. An average teachers' raise of 2.5% for this school year plus 2.5% raise in each of the next two school years, subject to state funding.
  • Longevity bonus. Plus a longevity bonus for teachers with at least 15 years of VCS experience as part of the average raise of 2.5% for this school year.
  • New bonus of up to $4,000. Proposed new bonus program for teachers at 'DD' through 'F' schools.
  • Increase to supplements/stipends. 6% increase to supplements and stipends (2% each year over the next 3 years).
  • Dental insurance subsidy. Restore Board's dental insurance contribution negotiated with the union through 2020-2021, which expired on June 30, 2018, under the prior union settlement.
  • Health insurance subsidy. Increase Board's health insurance contribution by an additional $20 per month by 2020-2021.
  • Raise distribution. Form a committee to recommend possible changes to performance pay formula used to distribute raises negotiated with the union three years ago.
  • Reduced meetings. Reduce number of potential meetings by up to 25%.
  • Elementary day. Change elementary school work day by 30 minutes over two years to match secondary school work day. This would bring the elementary day in line with surrounding districts and restore instructional time lost to recess and planning time.
  • Opportunities for flexibility. Agreed to changes to current union contract that allows a faculty with its principal to seek flexibility from mandates of the union contract through a waiver vote of at least 2/3 of the faculty.

"We are deeply disappointed," stated board negotiating team member Rachel Hazel, "The union president rejected an offer worth more than $53 million when applied to all employees."

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