Negotiations Update

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SMEA Negotiations Update

March 18, 2022



THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District is pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached with SMEA to conclude the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The modifications included in the new Master Contract include:

-The term of this Agreement is the 2021-2022 school year.
-Updated language for the scheduling of regular faculty meetings.
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Incorporating the current practice of the scheduling of Teacher Prep Days into the Master Contract.
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Forming Task Forces to study the assignment of adjunct duties being equitable across the District.
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Increasing the Salary Schedule by 3.5% effective July 1, 2021.
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Increasing the salaries of beginning Certificated employees. 
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Adding several new coaching stipends to the Master Contract.
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Adding a special program representative to the group of Elementary Grade Level Leaders.
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Increasing the Daily Rate to $226 effective July 1, 2022.
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Increasing the Hourly Rate to $44.61 effective July 1, 2022.
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Forming Task Forces for Elementary Grade Level Leader and Secondary Department Chairpersons to more accurately capture the site based
instructional focus of these positions.
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Updating the definition of a Grievance.
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Increasing the clarity of how an Involuntary Transfer will be implemented, when necessary.
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Changing the date for Evaluations for Permanent Employees to 45 days before the school year ends.
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Incorporating the current process for the Catastrophic Leave Bank into the Master Contract.
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Eliminating outdated information from the Early Retirement Incentive Program.



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CSEA Negotiations Update

March 17, 2022




THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met again on March 16th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The parties spent a significant amount of time discussing the process for, and effects of, the Classified Layoffs approved by the Governing Board on March 1st.  


Significant discussion also took place related to the following articles in the Master Contract:  Disciplinary Action, Salary, Fringe Benefits, and Reclassification.   


The District and CSEA have agreed to meet again after Spring Break to continue the negotiations process.





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SMEA Negotiations Update

March 10, 2022


THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met again on March 8th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  
This session was viewed by many as being highly productive and collaborative on a wide variety of subjects.  Tentative Agreements were reached on Article IX:  Hours; Article XII:  Grievance Procedure; Article XIII:  Class Size; and Article XVII:  Evaluation Procedures.

In addition to the offer to increase salaries by 3% retroactive to July 1, 2021, the District also offered to increase the Annual Benefits Cap for all benefit plans, such that the amount of the 2022 cost increase to the Kaiser plans would be paid by the District beginning in July 2022.

The District and the Association are determining a future meeting date to continue, and hopefully conclude, the negotiations process.

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CSEA Negotiations Update

March 10, 2022


THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met again on March 9th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The parties reached Tentative Agreements on Article 5:  Hours of Employment; Article 8:  Transfer; and Article 13:  Holidays.

  

The remaining subjects of bargaining include Article 7:  Disciplinary Action; Article 10:  Salary; Article 11:  Fringe Benefits; Article 18:  Effects of Layoff; and Article 26:  Reclassification.


The District and CSEA have agreed to meet again on March 16th to continue the negotiations process.



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SMEA Negotiations Update

March 3, 2022


THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met again on March 2nd to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The District  presented a proposal to increase the Certificated Salary Schedule by 3.0% retroactive to July 1, 2021.  In addition, the District’s proposal included an offer to increase the Teacher Hourly Rate and add 3 new and additional stipends to the salary schedule at the middle school level.  The District’s proposal also included an offer to increase the salaries of beginning Certificated employees.

 

In addition, a Tentative Agreement was reached on Article I:  Agreement, Duration, Re-Openers.


The District is hopeful that progress can be made on the issues of how Elementary Grade Level Leaders and Secondary Department Chairpersons are selected; the time limits implemented when a grievance is filed; and the deadline for when final evaluations must be completed. 


The District eagerly anticipates the upcoming March 8th session and is hopeful that an agreement can be reached on that occasion.




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SMEA Negotiations Update

February 17, 2022



THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met again on February 17th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The District  presented a proposal to increase the Certificated Salary Schedule by 2.5% retroactive to July 1, 2021.  In addition, the District’s proposal included an offer to increase the Teacher Hourly Rate, the Teacher Daily Rate, and the stipends paid to all Elementary Grade Level Leaders and Secondary Department Chairpersons.  The District’s proposal also included an offer to increase the compensation for stipend positions and the salaries of beginning Certificated employees.


Significant progress was made on subjects such as the term of the new Master Contract, the length and number of faculty meetings, the assignment of Adjunct Duties, the number of Elementary Grade Level Leaders, and compensation for class coverage at the Elementary level when an insufficient number of substitutes are available during a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic.


In addition, Tentative Agreements were reached on Article XIV:  Teacher Safety; and Article XXII:  Early Retirement Incentive Program.


The District continues to strive for a collaboratively negotiated agreement and eagerly anticipates the upcoming March 2nd and 8th sessions.




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CSEA Negotiations Update

February 17, 2022



THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met again on February 16th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The parties exchanged proposals on Article 5:  Hours of Employment; Article 8:  Transfer; Article 12:  Leaves; and Article 13:  Holidays.  In addition, a Tentative Agreement was reached on Article 12:  Leaves.  Significant progress was also made on Article 5:  Hours of Employment; Article 8:  Transfer; and Article 13:  Holidays.


The District and CSEA have agreed to meet again on March 9th and 16th to continue the negotiations process.




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SMEA Negotiations Update

February 4, 2022


THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met on January 28th and February 3rd to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  The parties discussed the following subjects and exchanged proposals related to many of them:


The parties reached a Verbal Tentative Agreement on Article XVI:  Leaves; and Article XXIV:  Catastrophic Leave Bank.


The District presented new proposals on Article I:  Agreement, Duration, Re-Openers; Article IX:  Hours; Article X:  Salary; Article XI:  Benefits; Article XII:  Grievance Procedure; Article XIII:  Class Size; Article XIV:  Teacher Safety; Article XXII:  Early Retirement Incentive Program. 


The parties also discussed the recent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) funding increase provided to the District.  San Marcos Unified received increased funding in the form of a 5.07% compounded COLA for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.  That COLA was intended to assist the District with all of its additional expenditures including increased salaries and benefits, increases to utility costs, increases to supply costs, additional expenditures required to keep our schools properly functioning, etc.  The District utilized some of those funds to increase salaries by 2.0% effective January 1, 2021, and also increase its employee benefits cap.


The District’s proposal would use those same funds to increase the Certificated Salary Schedule again by 1.25% effective July 1, 2022; provide an additional one-time, off-schedule salary increase of 1.0% effective July 1, 2022; increase the Teacher Hourly Rate; increase the Department Chairperson/Grade Level Leader Stipends; and add multiple new coaching stipends.  The State of California is currently considering providing additional funding to public education and the District is committed to exploring how it could utilize those potential new funds to supplement its offer to increase employee compensation.  


The parties also discussed the 5.33% COLA that is currently projected for the 2022-2023 school year.  Once that projection is finalized and those funds are received, the District has committed to discussing an additional compensation increase with the Association during the 2022-2023 school year.

       

The District and SMEA have agreed to meet again on February 17th to continue the negotiations process.




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CSEA Negotiations Update

February 2, 2022



THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met on January 26th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The parties exchanged proposals and reached Verbal Tentative Agreements on Article 6:  Evaluation; Article 18:  Effects of Layoff; and Article 24:  Annual Work Days.


There was significant discussion regarding how to simplify the process when requesting Personal Necessity Leave and it is anticipated that those discussions will continue during future sessions.  Our next session will include discussions regarding Article 5:  Hours of Employment; Article 7:  Disciplinary Action; Article 8:  Transfer; Article 9:  Promotion; and Article 13:  Holidays.


The District and CSEA have agreed to meet again on February 16th to continue the negotiations process.



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CSEA Negotiations Update

December 15, 2021




THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met on December 8th and 15th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  


The parties discussed the following subjects and exchanged proposals related to many of them:


Hours of Employment

Evaluation

Disciplinary Action

Transfer

Promotion

Salary

Leaves

Holidays

Grievances

Effects of Layoff

Terms and Renegotiation

Annual Work Days

Reclassification


Verbal Tentative Agreements were reached on Article 14:  Grievances and Article 23:  Terms and Renegotiation.


The parties also discussed the District’s First Interim Financial Report that was presented publicly at the December 14th Governing Board Meeting, as required by the Education Code.  The updated financial information detailed in this report will impact the conversations taking place at the table and the proposals that are submitted in the future.


The District and CSEA are working together to determine additional meeting dates after Winter Break to continue the negotiations process.





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SMEA Negotiations Update

December 9, 2021




THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met on December 9th to continue the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  The parties discussed the following subjects and exchanged proposals related to many of them:


Agreement, Duration, Re-Openers

Hours

Grievance Procedure

Leaves

Evaluation Procedures

Disciplinary Action

Catastrophic Leave Bank

Salary

Employee Benefits

Class Size

Transfers

Early Retirement Incentive


The parties also discussed that the District’s First Interim Financial Report will be presented publicly at the December 14th Governing Board Meeting, as required by the Education Code.  The updated financial information detailed in this report will impact the conversations taking place at the table and the proposals that are submitted in the future.

     

The District and SMEA have agreed to meet again on January 28th and February 3rd to continue the negotiations process. 




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CSEA Negotiations Update

December 2, 2021



THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and CSEA met on December 2nd to begin the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  Both parties “sunshined” their initial proposals at recent Governing Board Meetings in accordance with the applicable Government Code. 


Although the most recent Master Contract expired on June 30th, it is important to note that nearly all provisions of that Agreement will remain in effect during the course of the negotiations process during the 2021-2022 school year.


The District presented a detailed budget overview including that it has experienced a significant enrollment decline of approximately 1,200 students since the 2019-2020 school year that will result in an estimated loss of $17M in revenue by next school year.  The District’s estimated General Fund revenues equal $269.4M and estimated General Fund expenditures equal $270.7M for the 2021-2022 school year.  These calculations estimate that the District is projected to deficit spend an estimated $1.3M this school year.  Although required by law to maintain a minimum General Fund reserve of  3%, if the District’s pattern of deficit spending continues without adjustment it is estimated that the District would end next school year with a General Fund reserve of 2.10% and conclude the 2023-2024 school year with a General Fund reserve of -5.86%.


The District and CSEA exchanged proposals related to proposed changes to Master Contract language and discussed the potential impacts of those potential adjustments.

 

The District and CSEA have agreed to meet again on December 8th and 15th to continue the negotiations process.  


 


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SMEA Negotiations Update

November 16, 2021




THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS IS INHERENTLY CONFIDENTIAL BY NATURE.  HOWEVER, IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION WITH EMPLOYEES REGARDING THE NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS, THE DISTRICT HAS ADDED A SEGMENT TO THE HUMAN RESOURCES WEBPAGE TO SHARE UPDATES AS THEY OCCUR.  THE UPDATES PROVIDED WILL BE GENERAL IN NATURE AND WILL SEEK ONLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES, NOT ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE THEIR OPINIONS ON ANY MATTER.


The District and SMEA met on November 10th to begin the negotiations process for a new Master Contract.  Both parties “sunshined” their initial proposals at recent Governing Board Meetings in accordance with the applicable Government Code. 


Although the most recent Master Contract expired on June 30th, it is important to note that nearly all provisions of that Agreement will remain in effect during the course of the negotiations process during the 2021-2022 school year.


The District presented a detailed budget overview including that it has experienced a significant enrollment decline of approximately 1,200 students since the 2019-2020 school year that will result in an estimated loss of $17M in revenue by next school year.  The District’s estimated General Fund revenues equal $269.4M and estimated General Fund expenditures equal $270.7M for the 2021-2022 school year.  These calculations estimate that the District is projected to deficit spend an estimated $1.3M this school year.  Although required by law to maintain a minimum General Fund reserve of  3%, if the District’s pattern of deficit spending continues without adjustment it is estimated that the District would end next school year with a General Fund reserve of 2.10% and conclude the 2023-2024 school year with a General Fund reserve of -5.86%.


The District and SMEA exchanged proposals related to proposed changes to Master Contract language and discussed the potential impacts of those potential adjustments.

 

The District and SMEA have agreed to meet again on December 9th to continue the negotiations process. 
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