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.
- 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.