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.
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GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT January 24, 2019 CSEA Negotiations Update The District and CSEA held their third meeting on January 24, 2019, to continue to bargaining in good faith on reopener negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year. The District restated its proposal for the 2018-2019 school year which includes: • A 3.5 % increase to the salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2018; and • A $100 increase to the District’s employer contribution for health benefits, retroactive to October 1, 2018 (increase from $13,200 to $13,300); and • Maintaining the status quo of providing a $600 Bilingual stipend for eligible employees providing Bilingual services. Unfortunately, CSEA rejected the District’s proposal and both parties will now seek the assistance of a State Mediator to resolve negotiations by filing a joint declaration of impasse to start that process. The District anticipates that mediation will not occur until later in the spring of 2019, depending on the mediator’s schedule. When asked for comment, Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “The District’s proposal provides a fiscally responsible raise that increases the salary schedule equally for all classified employees at the same percentage increase as agreed to with our teachers. The compensation package also includes increasing the District’s employer contribution for health benefits to $13,300 the same as teachers, keeping this valuable District benefit for classified employees among the highest in Merced County. I am hopeful that CSEA will reconsider their position so we can give classified employees their retroactive payments before the end of the school year.”
GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT December 10, 2018 CSEA Negotiations Update The District and CSEA held their second meeting on December 10, 2018 to continue to bargain in good faith on reopener negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year. The District made the following proposal for the 2018-2019 school year: A 3.5 % increase to the salary schedule, effective July 1, 2018; and A $100 increase to the District’s employer contribution for health benefits, effective October 1, 2018 (increase from $13,200 to $13,300); and Increasing longevity pay at year 16 from 4% to 4.5%. Unfortunately, CSEA rejected the District’s proposal. When asked for comment, Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “The District’s proposal recognizes the hard work and service of our valued classified employees by providing them with a compensation package equal to our teachers, which will be submitted for Board approval on December 12, 2018.” The District and CSEA will reconvene negotiations, after returning from the holiday break, on January 24, 2019.