Bargaining Update Jan-Feb 2019




2019-2020 Successor Agreement


Superintendent Chris Evans’ attempt to divide and conquer will not succeed.  We are NTA, 630 members strong. We are affiliated with 325K CTA members strong and 3M NEA members strong.


Negotiations Team
Kristen Rocha, Chair

Justin Vorhauer

Lydiana Alfaro

Emilio Moran

Mara Harvey

Achim Dangerfield

Randy Hodge

Mission Statement:

The Natomas Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members; to improve the conditions of teaching and learning; to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education; to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children and youth are protected; and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

Negotiations’ cycle begins:
✅ NTA surveyed membership in November 2018
✅ NTA submitted articles to be negotiated to District.

    (1/11/19). (“Sunshine Proposal”)
✅ NTA presented Sunshine Proposal at General

    Membership Meeting (12/7/18)
𝥷 Sunshine Proposal at February 13th School Board      


Join us!  In solidarity we will sunshine our proposal to the school board.

𝥷  You prioritized salary and benefits to attract and

    retain educators in Natomas

𝥷  You prioritized improved working conditions.
                        Articles to be Sunshined

  • Agreement
  • Recognition

IV.     Salaries (incl. Appendix &

         incl. dependent charters)

                       V. Hours of Employment

VI.     Health and Welfare Benefits

IX.     Evaluation (incl. Appendix C)

                  XVII. Association Rights
𝥷Negotiations: 1/11/19 NTA proposed dates to commence    

   negotiations and awaits the District’s response.

Q: What does “sunshine” mean?

A: To sunshine a proposal in bargaining means to bring a proposal to a public hearing. (i.e. a school board meeting)  This is part of the typical negotiation process. It is not necessary for both parties (Association and District) to “sunshine” their proposals at the same time.  

Q: What is an MOU?

A: An MOU or Memorandum of Understanding is an agreement between the Association and District that has a sunset date.  It is a temporary agreement. MOU’s are stricken generally when not in or approaching a negotiations cycle or when something unexpected occurs.  NTA values an MOU process that is collaborative, thoughtful, and takes the time to be deliberated by our leadership teams. Superintendent Evans’ proposal for salary is inappropriate and untimely as we are currently entering into negotiations.  

Q: When does negotiations typically begin? What is a negotiation cycle?

A: After sunshining a proposal, the Association and District commence with negotiations. In the course of negotiations proposals are exchanged until settlement is reached.  Negotiations in Natomas Unified has been contentious resulting in Fact Finding and near strike in last two or more negotiations cycles. Don’t allow Superintendent Evans to use propaganda and misinformation in an attempt to divide and conquer.  In solidarity, through our work together as an association, we will make Natomas the destination district again.

Q: What are the typical terms of a contract?

A: The terms vary depending on circumstances. Most recently we settled on a one year agreement as the District was not agreeable to contract language to help address the increases in NTA members’ workload.  Agreement comes with good faith efforts to discuss all of the issues brought forward, and taking the time needed to listen.

Q: How do we get our data we use in negotiations?

A: Our negotiation team uses research and data to inform our proposals for equity.   We use documents the district provides us such as the District budget, salary scattergram, and health benefits scattergram.  In addition, online resources from the California Department of Education (CDE), information from neighboring Districts, other associations, and from our own members are used to formulate Association proposals. Keep your site rep and bargaining team informed of your working conditions and willingness to be involved in order to stop the District’s disrespect of you and your colleagues.

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