Negotiations

Negotiations Team Members:

Brandon Auge

Aaron Danielson

Josiah Hill

Todd Kapsner

Kim Schneider

Jason Taverna

Darby Whitehill

June 30th, 2020

We hope that your summer is off to a great start.  Your negotiations team continues to work and meet on a weekly basis.  Here is the most recent update.  Around the state just over 200 of the 327 districts have settled.  Two year combined salary increases continue to be slightly above 4%.  Locally our team has continued to meet weekly throughout June.  We have 3 more meetings scheduled as we move forward into July.  

Negotiations Update:

  • Financials (costs associated with salary and benefits):
    • We have shared 4 financial proposals and the district has shared 2 financial proposals.  We are still a fair distance apart on numbers at this point.  We are currently asking for pay raises similar to what is happening in neighboring districts and around the state.  The district is currently offering very little increase to salary.
  • Language Items (written components in the contract document describing terms and conditions of employment):
    • We are very close to concluding the language component at this point.  Some of the items we have discussed and worked on are as follows:
      • Emergency School Closings
      • Elementary Substitute Pay
      • Early Childhood
      • Sick Leave Bank
      • Elementary Specialists
      • Special Education
      • Professional Development
      • More Flexibility Within Our Paid Time Off System
      • Teacher Protection And Student Discipline
      • Teacher Rights
      • Association Rights
      • Vacancies And Teacher Placement
      • Parental Leave
      • MOUs Updated (MOU = Memorandum of Understanding, a written agreement between SCEA and District 834 which resides at the end of the contract)
      • Special MOU Created To Hold Insurance Costs Level Until Settled
      • Roth 403B Investment Option Being Added This Fall
      • Parent/Teacher Conferences

June 17th, 2020:

Negotiations Update

  • Around the state close to 200 of the 327 districts now have settled.  Two year combined salary increases continue to hover slightly above the 4% mark.
  • Locally our team has continued to meet weekly throughout May and into June.  We are attempting to wrap up the written components of language found in the contract, and we are beginning the process of negotiating the numeric financial components of salary schedule and benefits.  We have 2 more meetings scheduled as we move forward through June.
  • Not sure how changes to our district over the next few weeks will impact the bargaining process.  We continue to strive to achieve a fair and timely settlement.

Insurance Update

  • Monthly family medical premiums are increasing 8% starting July 1, 2020.
  • Single insurance plans should continue to remain fully paid.
  • Monthly dental premiums are increasing 3% starting July 1, 2020
  • Until the contract is settled, look for rates (as payroll deductions) to temporarily increase.
  • Dental up approx. $1.41 per check
  • Family Medical Gold Plan increasing approx. $81.68 per check
  • Family Medical High Deductible (Veba) increasing approx.  $66.11 per check

Final insurance premium costs will most likely be less, but it ultimately depends on final cost sharing arrangements negotiated with the district.

May 20th, 2020:

Negotiations Update

  • Around the state about 190 of the 327 districts now have settled.  Two year combined salary increases continue to hover slightly above the 4% mark.
  • Locally our team has continued to meet and negotiate with district representatives through zoom meetings.  The prior four weekly meetings we have been working on language items.  We believe we are getting close to wrapping up the language components, and we are beginning the process of negotiating the financial components of salary and insurance.  We have 3 more meetings scheduled as the school year wraps up and we move into June.

 

Insurance Update

  • We just wrapped up the benefits open enrollment period for 2020-2021.
  • We are continuing same coverages with Blue Cross as our medical carrier and Delta Dental for dental.
  • Monthly medical premiums are increasing 8% starting July 1, 2020.
  • Monthly dental premiums are increasing 3% starting July 1, 2020
  • Until the contract is settled, look for rates (as payroll deductions) to temporarily increase.
  • Dental up approx. $1.41 per check
  • Medical Gold Plan up approx. $81.68 per check
  • Medical High Deductible (Veba) up approx.  $66.11 per check

Final insurance premium costs will most likely be less,  but it depends on final cost sharing arrangements negotiated with the district.