GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT August 5, 2019 CSEA Negotiations Update Joint announcement of mutual agreement in 2019-2020 negotiations The Gustine Unified School District and CSEA are pleased to announce they have reached a tentative agreement on August 2, 2019 in our labor negotiations for the school year 2019-2020. The parties, in just the second meeting, inked a mutually agreeable settlement to be effective July 1, 2019. • A 3.25 % increase to the salary schedule, effective July 1, 2019; which eliminates the current Step 1, and renumbers the current Steps 2-8 as 1-7, with a new Step 8 increase at 3%. In addition, effective January 1, 2020 ranges/steps currently below $13.00 per hour shall be increased to $13.00 per hour to comply with the state minimum wage law. • The Parties agreed to maintain the status quo for employer contributions to health benefits. We appreciate the effort and hard work of both teams to come to a tentative agreement so quickly. We’re all excited for the new school year and our continued work together.
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July 18, 2019 GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TEACHERS REACH AGREEMENT Joint announcement of mutual agreement in 2019-2020 negotiations The Gustine Romero Teachers association and the Gustine Unified School District are pleased to announce they have reached a tentative agreement in our labor negotiations for school year 2019-2020. The parties, in just the second meeting, inked a mutually agreeable settlement to be effective July 1, 2019. This agreement represents a good faith process and a commitment to the families and students of Gustine. The parties have agreed to a three percent (3%) salary increase. The parties also agreed to address concerns with student academic performance by creating a new after school support program, the “Essential Standards Intervention Academies,” to provide intensive extra instruction for Gustine students. This program is intended to benefit students struggling to achieve proficiency by providing opportunities for intervention outside of the school day. The salary increase is designed to attract and retain educators. The raise will be “weighted” with the monies distributed across the salary schedule to retain experienced teachers. The District and the Teacher’s union shared a commitment to increasing student achievement by employing qualified and certificated educators for Gustine Unified students.
GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT May 28, 2019 2019-2020 Teacher Negotiations Update The District and GRTA held their first negotiations meeting on May 28, 2019, for 2019-2020 contract reopeners. GRTA’s initial proposal for 2019-2020 is requesting a 4% increase with a weighted salary schedule; and increases to health benefits, and Masters and Longevity Stipends. The District restated its initial proposal to maintain the status quo regarding salary and health benefits for the 2019-2020 school year. The District has provided GRTA salary increases of 25.5% over the past six years, including a 3.5% raise in the 2018-2019 school year. The District also increased its health benefits contribution to $13,300 for all teachers, keeping this benefit among the highest of all school districts in Merced County. The District also increased its longevity stipend for all veteran teachers to $900 per year. The District also discussed its ongoing concern with District students continuing to perform at or near the bottom in Language Arts and Math when compared to other school districts in Merced County. Accordingly, the District reiterated its interest in working with GRTA to address this concern. The District and GRTA will continue negotiations on July 18, 2019.