Thanks to your survey voting, your bargaining team worked from a position of strength, knowing our members were supporting our efforts to achieve a fair, reasonable settlement of wages and insurance benefits. The two sides are closer now than at any point since negotiations began in July.
As you already know, some items we brought to the table have already failed. Most notably, the change in contract language regarding snow days. Our existing language — that cancellations after the first two will be made up at the end of the year — is still in place, and will be.
Your bargaining team, Nicole B, Carol B, Gaye A, Rich H and Tim S, are hoping for a final resolution on a settlement in the coming weeks. Without the input from all of you who expressed your thoughts and ideas, I don’t think we would be in this position.
I’m hoping the next entry on this page will be details of an agreement that you can review prior to a ratification vote.
There are other issues we are still working on. The current calendar is quite experimental, as our elementary members will soon see when conferences begin shortly. As the school year progresses, the association will be evaluating this attempt to reduce half days and align the calendar between grade levels.
There are also changes coming to 403B plans. These changes are required by recent IRS regulations, and since 403B plans are employee benefits, the changes are items for negotiations also.
We also continue to talk with district administration about various issues, ranging from schedule B problems to leave time to required attendance at “after hours” meetings and IEP’s.
Please continue showing this community your professionalism, your dedication to your students, your unity for the association, and your awareness of your rights. We are a highly skilled group of educators, and I don’t think the district realizes how lucky they are to have each one of us working here.