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Negotiations Update

In an effort to improve communication with employees regarding the negotiations process, the District has added this segment to the Human Resources Development webpage to share updates as they occur.

 

Negotiations with LMUTA Update May 17, 2018

The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association and the District met on May 17, 2018 to conduct negotiations.  Enrollment directly affects the finances of the District.  Declining enrollment has been a trend for the past three years and is a primary concern moving into the 2018-19 year.  In addition to the MOU signed April 25, 2018 providing unit members with $500 in one-time, off schedule compensation that may be re-directed to a FSA/125 plan to off-set health insurance costs, the District presented a comprehensive offer to settle negotiations for 2018-19 that included

- 1% increase to the base salary schedule effective July 1, 2018.  This would bring the total increase in compensation over the past six years to 18.35%.  The highest in our county and 4% higher than the next ranked district.  Please see the summary chart below.

- An increase from 3 days to 4 days of substitute time, or equivalent pay at the long-term sub rate ($120/day) to compensate members for each classroom move due to facility modernization and/or new construction.  This is a 39% increase.

- Continuation of signing bonus, up to $5000 for hard to fill positions.

- Increase from eleven to twelve years of service recognition for placement on the salary schedule.

- Cleaning up and clarifying language in Article VI, Hours of Work pertaining to professional duties performed outside the work day.

The parties did not reach a final agreement and will meet to continue negotiations on October 11, 2018.

 

FY:

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Total

Rank

Days

Lucia Mar

4.30%

3.00%

4.00%

3.75%

2.30%

*1.00%

18.35%

1

184

Atascadero

1.10%

3.00%

5.00%

2.00%

0.00%

3.25%

14.35%

2

184

Templeton

2.48%

2.48%

2.48%

5.00%

1.00%

 

13.44%

3

185

Coast

1.50%

2.00%

6.00%

2.00%

1.50%

 

13.00%

4

186

SLOCOE

4.75%

4.00%

3.00%

0.00%

TBD

 

11.75%

5

185

Paso Robles

0.00%

0.00%

5.50%

2.50%

2.00%

1.50%

11.50%

6

188

San Miguel

0.00%

3.00%

5.00%

3.00%

 

 

11.00%

7

188

Cayucos

3.00%

2.00%

3.00%

1.00%

1.00%

 

10.00%

8

184

San Luis Coastal

0.00%

4.00%

2.00%

1.00%

1.00%

1.00%

9.00%

9

186

Pleasant Valley

0.00%

0.00%

3.00%

0.00%

5.00%

TBD

8.00%

10

185

*Offer of 1% on May 17, 2018

 

Negotiations with LMUTA Update April 24 & 25, 2018

The District and the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) Negotiation Teams met on April 24 and 25, 2018.  We exchanged proposals on several articles of the contract and made significant progress on language toward multiple agreements.  We exchanged proposals on compensation and discussed District concerns including declining enrollment concerns, and the upcoming “May Revise” for the current budget.  The May Revise will be announced on May 14, 2018.  The parties agreed to meet again on May 17, 2018 for further negotiations. 

A one year MOU was signed by both parties that will provide a $500, one-time, off schedule, pro-rated by FTE bonus for 2018-2019.  The $500 bonus will be provided to LMUTA members in their September 30, 2018 payroll check.  This one time $500 bonus is being distributed in the September, 2018 payroll check so that members will have two options for use of it:

Option #1 – Employee would take no action.  The $500 bonus would be taxed, and any net amount would be available to the employee for discretionary spending in theSeptember 30, 2018 payroll check.

Option #2 – Employee would complete a pre-tax Flexible Spending Account (FSA 125) redirection form with AFLAC between August 13 and September 30, 2018.  The $500 would be taken out of the employee’s payroll checks, $50/month, for 10 months, September of 2018 through June of 2019.

Please look for further information from LMUTA through their communications with members.  Contact your LMUTA bargaining team members or officers with questions or concerns.

As part of this MOU, LMUTA will now select between 3 and 5 health insurance plans by May 4, 2018.  The District will then calculate the costs of these plans and develop the electronic selection tool for each LMUTA member to select a health insurance plan for 2018-2019.  You should look for this selection tool to be emailed to LMUTA members by the District around May 18, 2018.

 

CSEA Negotiations Update- February 21, 2018

 The District and CSEA, Chapter #275 met for negotiations today in an effort to reach an agreement on compensation.  The parties are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement, which will now go to the membership for a ratification vote. After CSEA ratification, the tentative agreement will go to the Board of Education for final approval.  The tentative agreement includes the following:

  1. Creation of an additional “Step 8” on the salary schedule that will be 4.3% higher than Step 7, retroactive to July 1, 2017.  Any member that moved from Step 7, effective July 1, 2017 would remain at Step 7 for the 2017-2018 year. Any member that was eligible for advancement, and resided at Step 7 in 2016-2017, would move to the new Step 8 effective July 1, 2017.
  2. The above shall include retirees who were in active employment status on July 1, 2017.
  3. Effective July 1, 2018 the salary schedule at Step 8 will reflect an additional 0.7% increase to square the salary schedule (approximately 5% between Step 7 and Step 8).
  4. Bargaining unit members not effected by the addition of the new Step 8 shall receive a $350 off salary schedule bonus to be paid after the parties have both ratified the agreement.
  5. $25,000 will be applied to the professional growth fund in Article XV of the CBA between the parties.  The $25,000 is a one-time contribution in 2017-2018.  Remaining funds in this account will roll-over to the following years for use by CSEA.

The parties agree to reconvene on April 18, 2018, to begin negotiations on salary for the 2018-2019 contract year.

 

Update on Negotiations with LMUTA- December 7, 2017:

The District and the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association met today for negotiations.  We are pleased to announce that the parties have signed a tentative agreement 

 
that will now be presented to the association members for approval, and then to the Board of Education.  We are appreciative and thankful for the work done in cooperation to reach this agreement.

 

CSEA, Chapter #275 Negotiations Update-  November 28, 2017

The District and CSEA, Chapter #275 met for negotiations today in an effort to make further progress on an agreement with regard to Article V - Wages.  All other issues in negotiations have been resolved.  Both parties exchanged proposals, but we were unable to reach an agreement.  Based on anticipated positive news in the release of the Governor’s budget, scheduled for January of 2018, we have agreed to meet again on February 21, 2018 for discussion on a two-year agreement.  We were able to sign an MOU related to the re-classification package for 2017-2018.  The MOU and associated documents will go to the CSEA membership for a vote on December 12, 2017.  Should CSEA ratify this re-classication package, it will be taken to the Board for possible approval in January.  With Board approval, the re-classifications will be initiated back to July 1, 2017.   

 

Update on Negotiations with LMUTA October 27, 2017

We met on October 27, 2017 to negotiate with the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA).  We updated the group on our enrollment concerns.  The current budget was built with a decline in enrollment of 40 students.  Our actual CBEDS number in early October shows that the district is actually down a total of 112 students.  This is three (3) times what we budgeted for and will reflect in less revenue to the District.  We continued to exchange proposals on Article XIV “Salaries”, Article XIII “Health and Welfare Benefits” and Article VI “Work Year” language in an effort to come to a final agreement.  The parties have agreed to meet again to continue negotiations on December 7, 2017.

 

CSEA, Chapter #275 Negotiations Update- October 24, 2017

The District and CSEA, Chapter #275 met for negotiations today in an effort to make further progress on an agreement with regard to Article V - Wages.  Both parties exchanged proposals, but we were not able to reach an agreement.  We discussed several options that will need to be studied by both parties, and may lead to a future agreement.  We were able to sign an MOU related to compensating bargaining unit members for working out of classification when caused by the District.  The parties have agreed to meet and continue negotiations on November 28, 2017.  

 

CSEA, Chapter #275 Negotiations Update- September 26, 2017 

The District and CSEA, Chapter #275 met for negotiations today.  We reviewed the tentative agreement from May 23, 2017, cleaned up any incomplete items, and discussed several other areas that are of interest to both parties.  We discussed the development of an MOU that would affect the bus drivers.  The MOU would address newly hired drivers with school bus driving experience and their possible placement on the trip board.  The CSEA Negotiation Team will be discussing this with the bus drivers for possible future action through the MOU process.  The District has, or will, provide several pieces of information that are critical to CSEA's formal proposal regarding wages and health benefits.  CSEA will present their proposal to the District at our next negotiation session.  The parties and have agreed to meet and continue negotiations on October 24, 2017.

 

LMUTA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- September 15, 2017

We met on September 15, 2017 to negotiate with the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA).  We continued to exchange proposals on articles of the contract and made significant progress on language toward multiple agreements.  After much discussion on compensation the District ended the day with an offer totaling 2.10%.  This includes 1.26% on schedule, and 0.54% for one (1) additional non-student work day from LCAP, and 0.30% for the added steps 15, 19 and 23 (negotiated in the 2016-17 negotiation cycle).  This offer would bring the cumulative salary compensation of our teachers over the past five (5) years to 16.85%.  This is the highest of any district in San Luis Obispo County and 3.41% higher than the next highest county district (Templeton at 13.44%).  Please refer to the attached chart.  The parties have agreed to meet again to continue negotiations on October 27, 2017.

 

LMUTA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- May 31, 2017

The District and Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association negotiations teams met today. Progress was made on developing a new three-year successor agreement (contract). The parties were able to come to agreement on three articles that will be folded into the new agreement. We also exchanged proposals several other articles. The parties have agreed to meet again on September 15 to continue the negotiations process.

 

CSEA and LMUSD Negotiations Update- May 23, 2017

The CSEA and LMUSD Negotiations Teams met on Tuesday May 23. Thanks to hard work and cooperation we are pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached on language for a new Successor (Contract) Agreement. The parties have agreed to reconvene and negotiate in August of 2017 on Article V, Wages and Article XI, Health and Welfare Benefits. Under the the Tentative Agreement we will have a new Contract for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. We look forward to the CSEA membership vote on ratification of this agreement. Watch for communication from President Mike Thomas soon. If ratified, the Tentative Agreement will then go to the Governing Board for final approval. We hope that this comes as good news to everyone. We appreciate the mutual partnership with CSEA that results in the improvement of the lives of our students, staff, and the community.

 

LMUTA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- February 10, 2017

We met on February 10th to negotiate with the Lucia Mar UnifiedTeachers Association (LMUTA). We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement. The process moving forward will be for the members to first ratify the agreement. Following that, the agreement will be taken to the Board of Education for final approval. We are pleased to have worked in cooperation with the LMUTA negotiation team on an agreement that will continue to help us make progress on compensation relative to our neighboring districts. If approved the adjustments to compensation will bring the total four year salary increase to 15.05%. This is a full 2.61% higher than the next highest district in our county (Templeton at 12.44%). The agreements will also improve the ability of the district to recruit and retain the highest quality teachers. The tentative agreement calls for a 3.75% increase to the base salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2016, adding steps 15, 19, and 23 to the salary schedule in 2017-18, an increase in recognized service credit from 7 years to 10 years, extra duty hourly pay tied to Class 1, Step 1 effective July 1, 2017, adjustment of Golf Varsity Head Coach on the stipend schedule, changes to the way that special education teachers can use the late start/early out time, an increase of sub release time to RSP and SDC teachers from 5 to 7 days, new parental leave language, a new evaluation tool reflective of the current CSTP’s, and the formation of a joint special education study committee that will make recommendations to be considered by the parties during negotiations for 2017-18.

 

CSEA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- February 3, 2017

The CSEA Team of Mike Thomas, Bryan Hagwood, Deanna Teixeira, Carrie Hickman, Raquel Lujano, Pete Maratas, Jonathan Rodriguez, Paula Tillema and Lacy Gillespie met with the District team of Chuck Fiorentino, Andy Stenson, Ron Walton, Allan Havemose, Sharon Harwin, Rhonda Seybert and Laurel Goins for negotiations today. CSEA, it’s Chapter #275 and the District are pleased to report that a Tentative Agreement has been reached which will further our mutual interest in providing a competitive compensation package. Under the agreement, the base salary for members will be increased by 3.25% retroactive to July 1, 2016 We look forward to the opening of formal negotiations for the 2017-2020 Successor Agreement soon. CSEA membership will have an opportunity to vote on ratification of this agreement and should be looking for communication from President, Mike Thomas soon. If ratified, the Tentative Agreement will then go to the Governing Board for approval. We hope this comes as welcome news to everyone. We continue to appreciate the mutual partnership that results in the improvement of the lives of students, staff, and the community.   Chuck Fiorentino Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources   Mike Thomas Chapter President, Lucia Mar 275, CSEA  

 

LMUTA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- January 26, 2017

We met on January 26th to negotiate with the Lucia Mar Teachers Association (LMUTA) today. The District presented the latest information on the Governor's proposed budget which contains less funding for schools than was expected. We were able to come to a tentative agreement on Parental Leave and made progress on an updated certificated evaluation tool reflective of the current California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP's). The parties exchanged several proposals. The District's offer is for a 3% salary increase retro-active to July 1, 2016. It also includes language allowing Special Education teachers additional time on late start Mondays to conduct their professional duties. Even though the District's offer is a reflection of the Governor's current budget proposal, it still meets our goal of increasing salary, incrementally over time, in comparison to our neighboring districts. Attached is a summary of compensation settlements for districts in San Luis Obispo County based on data from the County Office of Education. The data demonstrates that over a four year period, Lucia Mar has committed to increase teacher salaries to a greater extent than any other district in the county. The District's 3% salary offer for 2016-2017 would bring the four year total of salary increases to 14.30%. This is 1.86% higher than the next highest district {12.44% / Templeton). We discussed many different options on how to move further toward a final agreement for 2016-2017. We will be meeting again on February 10.

LMUTA LABOR NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE- January 11, 2017

We met to negotiate with the Lucia Mar Teachers Association (LMUTA) today. The LMUTA team included Bill Ridge, Donna Kandel, Tami McGuire, Tricia Lubin, Cody King and Ken Stevens. The District team included Chuck Fiorentino, Andy Stenson, Ron Walton, Ian Penton, Sarah Butler and Todd Goluba. We shared explanations of each other’s initial proposals. LMUTA presented a proposal on salary, hours of work and health and welfare benefits. The District presented a proposal on evaluation procedures and discussed interests in the area of health and welfare benefits. Both parties agreed to consider a proposal on parental leave in compliance with a recent change in the law. In response to LMUTA’s proposal, the District agreed to collect and prepare data to present at our next session. The District is studying the impact of the Governor’s January budget proposal and agreed to present a compensation proposal at our next scheduled bargaining session on January 26.