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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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GUSD Negotiations Update as of September 17, 2018

GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

September 17, 2018 Teacher Negotiations Update


The District and GRTA held their sixth meeting on September 17, 2018 to continue to bargain in good faith on reopener negotiations for the 2018-2019 school year.

The District and GRTA reached Tentative Agreements on Article IV (Association Rights) and Article XVI (Assignment, Transfer and Reassignment). Specifically, the District agreed to GRTA’s proposals for incoming employee union orientation and establishing a procedure for reassignments. However, the District and GRTA did not reach agreement on salary as the District declined GRTA’s request for a 4% weighted salary increase for the 2018-2019 school year.

The District restated the following proposal for the 2018-2019 school year as its last, best, and final offer:
• A 3 % 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);
• Increase longevity from $750 to $1,000; and
• Increase Masters stipend from $500 to $1,000.
AND
• Provide a stipend of $1,500 for credentialed special education teachers working in a special education assignment and provide a stipend of $1,500 for ELD Coordinators, effective July 1, 2018.

Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “The District’s proposal provides a fiscally responsible raise that increases the salary schedule equally for all teachers. The compensation package also includes increasing the District’s employer contribution for health benefits to $13,300, keeping this valuable District benefit for teachers among the highest in Merced County. I am hopeful that GRTA will reconsider their position so we can put negotiations behind us and focus on raising student performance District wide.”

The District and GRTA have agreed to request the assistance of a State Mediator to resolve negotiations and will file a joint declaration of impasse to begin that process. The District anticipates that mediation will occur later in the fall of 2018, depending on the mediator’s schedule.
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GUSD Negotiations Update as of August 28, 2018

GUSTINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT



August 28, 2018 Teacher Negotiations Update





The District and GRTA held their fifth meeting on August 28, 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 % 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 (an increase from $13,200 to $13,300);

· Increase longevity from $750 to $1,000; and

· Increase Masters stipend from $500 to $1,000.

AND

· Provide a stipend of $1,500 for credentialed special education teachers working in a special education assignment and provide a stipend of $1,500 for ELD Coordinators, effective July 1, 2018.



GRTA rejected the District’s proposal.



When asked for comment, Superintendent Bryan Ballenger stated: “The District’s proposal is fiscally responsible and provides our teachers with an excellent compensation package. I am disheartened with GRTA’s decision to reject the District’s proposal.”





The District and GRTA will reconvene negotiations on September 17, 2018.
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