NTA Bargaining Update, Aug 12, 2019

NTA Bargaining Update August 12, 2019 (use this link)

12 August 2019:

  Natomas Teachers’ Association

Bargaining Update…

Keep Quality Teachers in

 Natomas Campaign 

Students are the center of everything we do. 

As NTA members, we are committed to the success and well-being of every student.

NTA Negotiation Team 
Please forward feedback to your negotiations team. 

Kristen Rocha, Chair

krochanta@gmail.com

Justin Vorhauer

ntajmv@gmail.com

Mara Harvey

maraswan@gmail.com

Randy Hodge

hodgemath42@gmail.com

Emilio Moran

emoran1972@gmail.com

Achim Dangerfield

dangewrite@gmail.com

 

NTA and the District met for the second day of mediation on Monday August 12. The NTA bargaining team is working diligently toward a mutually agreeable outcome. The lack of movement from the district has been frustrating however, NTA is continuing to work toward a settlement being reached in mediation. 

Don’t let the district’s rhetoric about state receivership and bankruptcy fool you. Every other district in our region spends a higher percentage of their funds on teachers and yet none are facing insolvency. This conversation is about priorities. Our goal is to attract and retain teachers in NUSD. The district employs four attorneys and just the cost of one of those could translate to about a 2% salary increase for all members! According to the district salary data, in the last year the Superintendent – who is already paid more per student than any other Superintendent in the region – received a 6.1% salary increase for 27 less days of work per year. Remember – this district has choices in how they spend their money. Sadly, teachers are not their current priority.

If an agreement is not reached in mediation the parties will move to fact finding which is the final step before the imposition of a contract or moving toward a strike. Meetings led by organizing team members will be held at your site in the within the next two weeks. Please watch for upcoming meeting dates and make sure you attend. NTA represents 630 professional educators who deserve a competitive wage. The district is proposing pay increases which are distributed unevenly among the staff. 

AS WE MOVE FORWARD – STAY ENGAGED – STAY INFORMED – STAY CONNECTED! YOUR ACTIVE SUPPORT AND YOUR SOLIDARITY ARE NEEDED

Who is Left Out? – What they won’t tell you…

Class/step District Proposal  Increase 
Class III/Steps 1-11 No Increase from the 18/19 Schedule 0%
Class IV/Steps 1-15 No Increase from the 18/19 Schedule  0%
Class V/Steps 1-8  No Increase from the 18/19 Schedule  0%
A payoff of 1,000 dollars (pre-tax) is not an ongoing raise!
The NTA proposal includes and raise of 5.18% for ALL members

 

It’s NOT just the money – There are many other proposals below that NTA members have asked for and the bargaining team will continue to fight for these priorities.
Article:  Priority Proposals and Updates:
Article IV- Salary Proposal: A 5.18% raise on all current salary schedules, along with a compression (longevity boosts are sooner) that will impact all schedules at a cost of  1.42%.  This would increase career earnings and help to keep quality teachers in Natomas.  See proposed language and example certificated salary schedule below. Unlimited in-district units applied to the salary schedule: moving more than one column per year:  compensation for sub coverage when classes are split among teachers for ½ and full day; recognition of CTE experience. 
Rationale: Move Natomas out of the bottom of the pack compared to other districts. Keep teachers from leaving our district. A budget is a statement of values. The district is not choosing to value teachers. Teachers should not be the last line item.  
Article VI- Health and Benefits  Proposal: Increased monthly district contributions $25/single; $50/emp + 1; and $75/family
Rationale: Provide relief to healthcare premium costs (ongoing 0.40% increase)
Article IX- Evaluation Procedures Proposal: Nurse and Speech Language Hearing Specialist evaluation forms. Ability to attach response to summative evals
Rationale: With the support of specialists created relevant evaluation forms for both
Article V- Hours Proposal: Collaboration agendas are created by teachers, departments or grade level teams. Elementary teachers are compensated for split classrooms when a substitute is not secured. Equitable duty schedules
Rationale: Teachers have the ability to determine where they want to focus collaborative meeting time 
We Reiterate: Teachers continually express the need for quality, self-directed, collaboration time not necessarily more time.
Article XVII- Assoc. Rights Proposal: Clarifying language for membership dues, release time, new employee orientation, employee privacy, academic freedom, and vendor restrictions 
Rationale: Natomas teachers are treated as professionals and have voice and control over curriculum use.  
Article I- Agreement  Proposal: One year agreement;  Attaching agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) to appendices 
Rationale: Continue to have the opportunity to work toward our goals and keep all current agreements 

Bargaining Update – May 16, 2019

May 16, 2019:

  Natomas Teachers’ Association
Bargaining Update…

Keep Quality Teachers in Natomas Campaign

Students are the center of everything we do.

As NTA members, we are committed to the success and well-being of every student.

NTA Negotiation Team
Please forward feedback to your negotiations team.

Kristen Rocha, Chair

krochanta@gmail.com

Justin Vorhauer

ntajmv@gmail.com

Mara Harvey

maraswan@gmail.com

Randy Hodge

hodgemath42@gmail.com

Emilio Moran

emoran1972@gmail.com

Lydiana Alfaro

lydiana.alfaro@gmail.com

Achim Dangerfield

dangewrite@gmail.com

 

KEEP QUALITY TEACHERS IN NATOMAS

Natomas Teachers’ Association has put forth all of our initial proposal for our articles.

NUSD has put forth all of their proposals. Both sides are currently writing counter proposals.

Invest in Collaboration, Compensation and Curriculum

HOW MUCH LESS IN NATOMAS?

Article: NTA Priority Proposals and Updates : District Proposal:
Article IV- Salary
  • Seven percent (7%) increase on all salary schedules Every step & column cell gets the increase in percentage.
  • Compress longevity (pay increase) steps to reach the steps sooner.
  • Remove and compress Column 0 to combine into Column 1 on salary schedule
  • Move Natomas Unified out of the bottom of the pack compared with all other districts in our area.
  • Offers to move column 0 ( interns) into Column 1 BA
  • Offers to combine/move Column 1 BA people to join people in Column 2 (BA + MA).  No money across certificated salary schedules for other teachers.
  • 3% offered for LGA ,

Speech, Psychologist, Counselor and Nurse salary schedules

  • Token one time $1000 check for any person who is not already moving into a raise of step or column cell  
  • In a second year, then add 2% on certificated salary schedules.
Article VI- Health and Benefits
  • Increased monthly district contribution of:  

        $25/single; $50/emp + 1 $75/family  (.42%)

  • Committee to provide staff input on applicable HB topics
  • Proposed a Health and Wellness committee
Article IX- Evaluation Procedures
  • Nurse and Speech Language Hearing Specialist evaluation tools shared..
  • Ability to attach response to summative evals
  • Proposed a committee to design evaluation tool for Nurse and Speech.
  • Ability to attach response to summative evals
Article V- Hours
  • Collaboration time to be teacher/department directed
  • Compensation when no substitutes (split class) in elementary. $10 per day per child.
  • Limit Duty to every other week- equity site to site
  • Clarify minimum vs early release day.
  • Extend staff and collab meetings 15 min. Per week  (increase of 9.25 hours)
  • For second hour of an IEP then allow $40 per hour for IEP time after school
  • Early release clarification from minimum day
Article XVII- Assoc. Rights
  • Added clarifying language for membership dues, release time, new employee orientation, employee privacy, academic freedom,and vendor restrictions
  • Academic Committee
  • NO protections for employee privacy,  academic freedom or vendor restrictions.
  • While some language in agreement for release time and new members, different committee criteria than NTA proposes.
Article I- Agreement
  • One year agreement was proposed
  • MOU documents to be attached in appendices
  • Two year agreement

Topics of discussion:

 

 

  • Review the Governor May revise of Projected COLA (COST of Living Adjustment) projected at State Budget adoption to 3.46% is projected in May revise to become 3.26%. It will be revised or finalized June 30th.

 

 

 

  • Continue discussion on district choices and priorities for NUSD budget.  District has a 13% RESERVE! Remove excessive administrative, attorney, and consultant fees.  Step Natomas up from the bottom.

 

 

 

  • Governor’s Budget for STRS proposes funds to reduce STRS contribution by the District, which means more money back in the district budget.

 

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Bargaining Update – April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019: UPCOMING BARGAINING DATE 5/3/19

  Natomas Teachers’ Association
Bargaining Update…

Keep Quality Teachers in Natomas Campaign

Students are the center of everything we do.

As NTA members, we are committed to the success and well-being of every student.

Please forward feedback to your negotiations team.

Kristen Rocha, Chair

krochanta@gmail.com

Justin Vorhauer

ntajmv@gmail.com

Mara Harvey

maraswan@gmail.com

Randy Hodge

hodgemath42@gmail.com

Emilio Moran

emoran1972@gmail.com

Lydiana Alfaro

lydiana.alfaro@gmail.com

Achim Dangerfield

dangewrite@gmail.com

 

KEEP QUALITY TEACHERS IN NATOMAS

Natomas Teachers’ Association has put forth all of our initial proposal for our articles. NUSD has put forth all of their proposals. Both sides are currently writing counter proposals.

 

Article: NTA Key Proposals NTA Rationale
Article V- Hours
  • Received a counter from the District 4/22
  • Collaboration time to be teacher/department directed
  • Compensation for lack of substitutes in elementary.
  • Duty every other week
  • Early release MOU presented for collaboration on Wed. TK-5/TK-8 schools
  • Clarify minimum vs early release day.
  • Provide support for teachers who must prepare and supply lessons and activities for additional students.
  • Provide more teacher directed collaboration time with an early release schedule for TK-5/TK-8 schools on par with other districts in the region.
Article XVII- Assoc. Rights
  • Received a counter from District 4/26
  • Added clarifying language for membership dues, release time, new employee orientation, employee privacy, academic freedom,and vendor restrictions
  • This is to increase communication and establish informed processes.
  • Protect employee information
  • NTA are highly educated professionals who know what is best for students
Article I- Agreement
  • One year agreement was proposed
  • MOU documents attached in appendices
  • NTA will continue to gather information on current and proposed changes to working conditions. Bargaining language will then be proposed.
  • The NTA Special Education Task Force recommendations are to be reviewed in Spring 2019. This will inform future negotiations  
Article IV- Salary
  • Continued discussion on district budget and state projected COLA increases that will affect all members. No counter yet
  • Equity for all focus of Seven percent (7%) increase on all salary schedules
  • Compress longevity (pay increase) steps to get to them sooner
  • Remove and compress Column 0 into Column 1 on salary schedule
  • Move Natomas Unified out of the bottom of the pack compared with all other districts in our area.
Article VI- Health and Benefits
  • Submitted Counter 4/22- Wellness Committee for HR issues
  • Increased monthly district contribution of:  
    • $25/single; $50/emp + 1 $75/family
  • Provide individuals and families relief for the ever increasing cost of health care. (.42%)
  • Human Resource would receive staff input on applicable HR topics through committee
Article IX- Evaluation Procedures
  • Submitted Counter 2/26- Nurse & Speech Eval Forms set up procedures.
  • Nurse Formal Observation Form proposed
  • Speech Language Hearing Specialist Formal Observation Form proposed
  • Ability for teacher to provide written feedback to informal evals
  • Provide formal evaluations that accurately reflect these specific positions’ professional practices.
  • Access documents and make responses accessible.

 

  Natomas Teachers’ Association
Bargaining Update…

Keep Quality Teachers in Natomas Campaign

Students are the center of everything we do.

As NTA members, we are committed to the success and well-being of every student.

Please forward feedback to your negotiations team.

Kristen Rocha, Chair

krochanta@gmail.com

Justin Vorhauer

ntajmv@gmail.com

Mara Harvey

maraswan@gmail.com

Randy Hodge

hodgemath42@gmail.com

Emilio Moran

emoran1972@gmail.com

Lydiana Alfaro

lydiana.alfaro@gmail.com

Achim Dangerfield

dangewrite@gmail.com

 

KEEP QUALITY TEACHERS IN NATOMAS

Natomas Teachers’ Association has put forth all of our initial proposal for our articles. NUSD has put forth all of their proposals. Both sides are currently writing counter proposals.

 

Bargaining Update – April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

 

KEEP QUALITY TEACHERS IN NATOMAS

Natomas Teachers’ Association has put forth all of our initial proposal for our articles. The highlighted area is the last proposed. Spending priorities should be on teacher retention.  Next dates are April 22 then April 26.

Article: Key Proposals NTA Rationale
Article I- Agreement
  • One year agreement was proposed
  • MOU documents attached in appendices
  • NTA will continue to gather information on current and proposed changes to working conditions. Bargaining language will then be proposed.
  • The NTA Special Education Task Force recommendations are to be reviewed in Spring 2019. This will inform future negotiations  
Article V- Hours
  • Collaboration time to be teacher/department directed
  • Compensation for lack of substitutes in elementary.
  • Duty every other week
  • Early release MOU presented for collaboration on Wed. TK-5/TK-8 schools
  • Clarify minimum vs early release day.
  • Provide support for teachers who must prepare and supply lessons and activities for additional students.
  • Provide more teacher directed collaboration time with an early release schedule for TK-5/TK-8 schools on par with other districts in the region.
  • Provide additional time for teachers to collaborate on best practices and to support new teachers in practice
Article IV- Salary
  • Seven percent (7%) increase on all salary schedules
  • Compress longevity (pay increase) steps to get to them sooner
  • Remove and compress Column 0 into Column 1 on salary schedule
  • Move Natomas Unified out of the bottom of the pack compared with all other districts in our area.
Article VI- Health and Benefits
  • Increased monthly district contribution of:  
    • $25/single; $50/emp + 1 $75/family
  • Provide individuals and families relief for the ever increasing cost of health care.
Article IX- Evaluation Procedures
  • Nurse Formal Observation Form proposed
  • Speech Language Hearing Specialist Formal Observation Form proposed
  • Ability for teacher to provide written feedback to informal evals
  • Provide formal evaluations that accurately reflect these specific positions’ professional practices.
  • Access documents and make responses accessible.
Article XVII- Assoc. Rights
  • Added clarifying language for membership dues, release time, new employee orientation, employee privacy, academic freedom and vendor restrictions
  • This is to increase communication and establish informed processes.
  • Protect employee information
  • NTA are highly educated professionals who know what is best for students

 

 

  Natomas Teachers’ Association
Bargaining Update…

Keep Quality Teachers in Natomas Campaign

Students are the center of everything we do.

As NTA members, we are committed to the success and well-being of every student.

Please forward feedback to your negotiations team.

Kristen Rocha, Chair

krochanta@gmail.com

Justin Vorhauer

ntajmv@gmail.com

Mara Harvey

maraswan@gmail.com

Randy Hodge

hodgemath42@gmail.com

Emilio Moran

emoran1972@gmail.com

Lydiana Alfaro

lydiana.alfaro@gmail.com

Achim Dangerfield

dangewrite@gmail.com

Settlement Reached

In alignment with our core tenets, to promote the well-being of our members and to improve conditions of teaching and learning in Natomas, Association leadership filed a charge against the District to protect President release time per the contract.  President release time is utilized in a myriad of ways.  It is purposeful and useful for the President to visit members on school sites and in the workplace and to represent members in meetings with administration, just to name a couple of activities exercised  to establish parity with District administration.  When challenged as to the use of President release time, NTA filed a charge with the Public Employment Relations Board.  This is called an Unfair Labor Charge or Unfair Practice Charge.  

 In the course of time, disputes arose regarding charges to the Association for release time of the President and other members of the Association.   The Association regularly releases members from work to reach out to members, to address the needs and changes imposed upon members in the course of their work, i.e. new report cards.  The Association amended its initial charge to address the District’s characterization of what was owed. The District filed in court to recoup the charges they outlined were due.  

 Days before the Association’s charges were to be heard in PERB, NTA and the District reached a settlement agreement outlining how President’s release time is to be taken, and settling the dispute of money owed the District and to be charged the Association.  President’s release time will revert back to previous practices.

 NTA members, avail yourself of representation and engagement with your leadership as we strive to improve members working conditions and students’ learning condition in Natomas.  Together, we will actualize Natomas Unified School District as the destination District for teaching and learning.