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August 5, 2019 CSEA Negotiations Update

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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GUSD and GRTA Reach Agreement

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.
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2019-2020 GRTA Negotiations Update

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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District 1-24-19 CSEA Negotiations Update

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.”
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CSEA Negotiations Update

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.
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Teacher Negotiation Update

GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

November 29, 2018 Teacher Negotiations Update

The District and GRTA have reached a Tentative Agreement to conclude negotiations for the 2018-19 school year. The District and GRTA held their second mediation with the assistance of a State Mediator on November 29, 2018, and executed an agreement which includes the following:
2018-19: A 3.5% increase to the salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2018 (retroactive payment to be processed on or before February 28, 2019); 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
Increase longevity from $750 to $900.

Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “I want to thank the State Mediator for assisting the District and GRTA in reaching an equitable agreement today. Now we can move forward together to address our mutual concerns with increasing the academic performance of the students we serve.”
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David Hagerman @ RES

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2019
Contact: Mashelle Hudspeth, mhudspeth@hagermania.com

NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SCIENCE WIZARD, DAVID HAGERMAN, TO PERFORM SHOW AT ROMERO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON MARCH 21ST
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October 29, 2018 Teacher Negotiations Update

GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

October 29, 2018 Teacher Negotiations Update


The District and GRTA held their first mediation meeting with the assistance of a State Mediator on October 29, 2018. The State Mediator met with both negotiation teams separately and acted as a go-between to assist them in reaching a final agreement. Unfortunately, the parties were not able to reach agreement. However, the parties have agreed to hold a second mediation meeting with the assistance of the State Mediator on November 29, 2018.

Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “Although we were unable to reach an agreement today with the assistance of the State Mediator, I am optimistic that we will reach an equitable agreement when we continue mediation on November 29.”
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