Bargaining Notes 2013-2014


bArgaining Notes 2013-2014

November 11, 2013

Contract Ratify by Overwhelming Margins!

Teachers - 99% voted YES to ratify

Paraeducators - 99% voted YES to ratify

ESP/Secretaries - 98% voted YES to ratify


Review the Tentative Agreements for all three contracts.


October 21, 2013

TENTATIVE AGREEMENTS SIGNED TONIGHT. These agreements along with the previously signed tentative agreements will come as a packet for ratification.  Timelines for ratification to be announced.


Salary Steps for Paraeducators and ESP/Secretaries. A new step is added, step 26 which is $500 more than step 25. Employees that have earned a year of experience will roll to their new step and receive the salary at their new step.


Salaries for Teachers. The scale has been adjusted with the base increasing by $1000 to $36,750. Current employees that have the experience to move a step will get the increase assigned to that step. Employees that have earned a step to move will have a raise of at least $2000. A new top step has been added, step 26. Those currently on step 25 that move to step 26 will see a raise of $2000.


Teacher Article 15 – update the language to reflect the practice of designating the time frame for appeals jointly. This allows for the appeals to be scheduled and heard in a specific timeframe.


Update to Article 15 for Polk Virtual School Teachers to eliminate electronic mail interchanges and replace it with communication.


Health Insurance – update the language that was previously signed on September 16, 2013. This update clarifies the 30 hour minimum required for new employees to become eligible for health insurance.  


September 19, 2013

Bargaining Update: The following is an announcement of the tentative agreement reached between PEA and the School Board regarding Health Insurance. As always there will need to be a ratification of this agreement. Due to the proximity to open enrollment we wanted to make sure you had this information ASAP.


 Your PEA Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the District regarding our health insurance. The agreement will take effect beginning January 1, 2014 and will allow open enrollment to move forward smoothly. We have enjoyed two years of stability in our health care and are pleased that this stability will continue for another year.


Premiums: Under the guidance of our former interim superintendent and former assistant superintendent for business services, the District had proposed in June to reduce benefits and initiate a premium for employees (up to $50 dollars per month), and, premium increases for children (up to $211 per month from the current $95) and spouses (up to $644 per month from $418). Working with Superintendent Leroy and Associate Superintendent Perrone, the District’s Chief Financial Officer, your PEA bargaining team was able to maintain all benefits at current levels, a $0 premium for employees and a $95 per month premium for children, the same as the previous two years. We did agree to raise the spouse premium $5 per month to $423, much less than the District’s original proposal of $644.


Other Changes: We added a Pilot Weight Management Program which will serve a limited number of the neediest District employees. There will be both a surgical and a non-surgical option. The application process, selection criteria, and other details are yet to be worked out but will be announced on or before January 1, 2014. The School Board has agreed to increase their funding for our plan to maintain it in a healthy status. While there is no loss of benefit for any current employees or employees hired prior to October 1, 2013, future part-time employees hired after that date who work less than 30 hours per week will not receive the health insurance, term life insurance, or accidental death and dismemberment insurance paid by the School Board. Again, this change does not effect current employees.



September 16, 2013

A joint bargaining session with PEA, AFSCME (representing food service, custodial, maintenance and bus drivers) and the District was held. The first item up for discussion was the health insurance proposal for 2014. The language outlines a new benefit, a pilot program for Weight Management. The program will have a surgical and non-surgical option and there will be an application period with applicants being selected by medical need. The PEA proposal has been tentatively agreed upon and will be part of the Open Enrollment process. The group is planning to hold future meetings to discuss health insurance jointly.


Teacher CBA Article 27.6 – Experimental Language concerning how the Differentiated Accountability affects the schools in Polk. The language designates the planning year as well as subsequent years for schools that are designated in the Differentiated Accountability plan. The plan calls for staff to return early for professional development and be paid their daily rate of pay for the additional days. The language was tentatively agreed to and signed by the bargaining teams.

Future discussions will include salary schedules, steps, and raises as well as the Race to the Top 4 grant application scope of work.  


August 5, 2013

Proposals and counter proposals on health insurance discussed. Item to come back at a future meeting.  The EPC's for Guidance, Psychologists, Social Workers, Library Media and Non-Classroom teacher were tentatively agreed to at the bargaining table and will in use for 13-14.