The Natomas Teachers Association is dismayed but unfortunately hardly surprised by the District’s recent letter to the community regarding the Union. Rather than engage with NTA and the educational professionals NTA represents with respect and a sincere desire to do right by the District’s pupils, parents, and staff, the District prefers to traffic in falsehoods and smears, bluster and threats. The District’s most recent letter represents more of the same. Simply put, the District’s allegations about NTA representational activities and money owed to the District are false. The State of California Public Employment Relations Board had already issued a legal complaint against the District over its unlawful conduct towards NTA, and we look forward to addressing the District’s new misconduct before the PERB Board as well.
NATOMAS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
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.
Kristen Rocha, Chair
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”)
Membership Meeting (12/7/18)
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.
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 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.
More information can be found on our monthly newsletter, website and facebook.
Natomas Teachers’ Association (CTA/NEA)
Initial Bargaining Proposal for Sunshine 2019-2020
NTA exists as a body of members working to promote our students’ rights to a quality public education in Natomas. It is our goal to provide the best conditions and environment for both students and teachers. Through our negotiations we will address the student experience by focusing on the resources needed for student success through the District LCAP goals and the Collective Bargaining Agreement articles.
The Natomas Teachers’ Association hereby submits the following initial proposal for the 2019-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Natomas Unified School District. All agreements reached on individual items shall be tentative, subject to a final tentative agreement on the contract. Absent a final agreement modifying the contract, the existing contract language shall remain in full effect.
The Natomas Education Association reserves the right to create, add to, delete from, amend, and modify its proposals and/or open articles of the contract during the negotiations process.
Article IV Salaries (and all relevant appendices, including LGA schedule)
Article V Hours of Employment
Article VI Health and Welfare Benefits
Article I Agreement
Article IX Evaluation Procedures (and corresponding Appendix C documents)
Article II Recognition
Article XVII Association Rights
NTA proposes to review language in contract articles and memorandums of understandings that may have become obsolete, need updating, be eliminated, or incorporated into the collective bargaining agreement.
Setting the Record Straight
- At last week’s board meeting, the superintendent falsely complained that the district had offered to make changes to the salary schedule and that NTA rejected those changes. In fact, NTA was the moving party on those changes (example, removing the intern column), but the district took us to impasse and insisted on an all or nothing package, so no deal was reached on our proposals to the salary schedule. Why the superintendent does not know about or understand our proposals causes us great concern about his judgement. Otherwise, why would he purposefully misrepresent NTA’s proposals if nothing else but to continue his bizarre campaign to demonize NTA in public statements? It’s shameful and beneath the dignity of his position.
- We sent a correction to his statement the next day to all of the school board. Strangely, he sent back two MOUs as a reply. However, if he wanted a salary schedule change, he could have simply agreed to that last year.
- As a practice, unions do not typically deal in merit pay or bonuses. We reminded the superintendent of that, and he oddly sent back a bonus proposal. We also reported that we do not have a hiring problem in Natomas. Each year we hire between 120-150 teachers, fully filling all positions. Rather, we have a retention problem. We lost approx.150 teachers last year, and this year so far over 100 and still counting. We have given the district proposals to retain teachers which the district has rejected each time.
- NTA and NUSD are currently in a bargaining cycle for 2019-2020. That means that we exchange proposals as is the normal process of negotiations this year, starting as soon as possible. NTA has sunshined our initial proposal for 2019-2010 to our members, and to the district, as we do every cycle.
- Last year, NTA negotiated for 2018-2019, our current year. The district took us to impasse, as they have done for the past several years, without considering our proposals or conducting meaningful, collaborative discussions. It took a state appointed fact-finder for the district to finally make agreements.
- As you may know, MOUs are typically developed in unusual situations, or situations that require immediate attention, such as a sudden program change, or a school closure. Otherwise, when in a bargaining cycle, MOUs are not needed because we bargain those items together as contract language. NTA offered an MOU for K-8 conversions to the superintendent, who rejected it and said it should be bargained. We have sent several demand-to-bargain changes in working conditions to the superintendent, which he has rejected. We have major concerns with special ed program changes, and a lack of resources for these new programs, which we attempted to bargain the past two cycles, but the district repeatedly took us to impasse to avoid collaborating on those issues. The district’s pattern of insincerity on working on identified issues with us is mind-boggling.
- Finally, as you are aware, NTA works as a team – exec board, bargaining team, rep council, organizing and membership vote. We do not make a practice of making decisions by a single entity, and certainly not by email or one-sided MOU. We are a union of 600+ members – not a dictatorship. We seek to work collaboratively, through the normal negotiation process, where we exchange proposals, and come to healthy consensus through thoughtful work and sharing input. If we were to only remedy the major issues in our district by MOU, these are just some of the MOUs we would propose in order to retain our teachers, new and veteran:
MOU on K-8 hours
The district has attempted to misinform the Natomas community about the facts about the teacher retention problem in our Natomas schools.
FACT: NUSD hires between 80-100 teachers each and every year. There is not a hiring problem, but there is a retention problem. No need for hiring bonuses. Since 2012, we have hired about 600 teachers, but around 400 of them have left NUSD.
FACT: We have a 60% teacher retention problem in NUSD. Any amount of teacher loss is a disgrace. Alarmingly, we have lose more special education teachers than we have hired.
FACT: Several NUSD schools have had 50% or higher turnover recently. LGA has lost about 80% of their teachers each year, with the highest turnover rate. This year, NHS has had a teacher resign each week for the past six weeks. American Lakes and Bannon Creek have each had 50% teacher turnover this past year. Our exit surveys show that they left due to a lack of classroom resources, and poor district culture (admin bullying, extraordinary demands, lack of time to collaborate with colleagues, etc)
FACT: Each teacher that leaves (resigns, retires, in non-re-elected, etc.) affects between 30-200 students per classroom each year. That’s thousands of students left behind.
Feel free to contact NTA for details on our exits survey, and for more specific stats and details on teacher hiring and teacher resignation stories. Talk to your local classroom teachers, and students, for their stories. This is not a national problem that is some puzzle we can’t solve. Rather, we can solve this problem easily through teacher input and an authentic and sincere collaboration with Natomas Teachers’ Association to implement the resources and supports our teachers have been suggesting through the LCAP for several years.
Thank you for caring about Natomas teachers!
NATOMAS TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION SOCIAL
YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR NTA HAPPY HOUR!
ALL TEACHERS AND CERTIFICATED STAFF ARE
INVITED TO COME AFTER PD DAY
FEEL FREE TO WEAR YOUR NTA
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE …
SAVE THE DATE FOR MONDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
Please join us MONDAY at
Oshima Sushi Lounge
2071 Natomas Crossing Dr
COME OUT AFTER PD DAY
FEEL FREE TO SPORT YOUR NTASHIRT MONDAY,
OCTOBER 8, 2018
NATOMAS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION BARGAINING UPDATE July 17, 2018
After seven negotiations sessions, impasse, mediation, fact finding, and post fact finding mediation, receiving the fact finder’s report, and post fact finding negotiations, your professional association reached a tentative agreement (TA) for the 2018-19 work year.
Attached is the fact finder’s report. It was utilized as a basis for settlement. Subsequent to the Parties receiving the report, negotiations reconvened on Monday, July 16th and Tuesday, July 17th. The TA reached is reflective of the report and priorities expressed by you. Please see the attached TA and MOU on report card committee.
Natomas Teachers’ Association General Membership Meeting
Thursday, August 9th
@ 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CTA/Regional Resource Center
Voting will take place at the meeting Thursday, August 9th and on work sites Friday, August 10th.
Thank you for all your support of your association which strives to improve the working conditions of your Profession.
Please forward feedback to your negotiations team.
Kristen Rocha, Chair email@example.com
Justin Vorhauer firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydiana Alfaro email@example.com
Emilio Moran firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been an honor representing our members,
“The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”