FCUSD Negotiations Updates

  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Oct. 13, 2017

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    Bargaining teams reach tentative agreement on compensation
    On Wednesday, Oct. 11, bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528 met to renew negotiations on a compensation agreement. CSEA represents about 1,000 classified (non-teaching) positions throughout the District.

    The bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement for a compensation increase package through June 30, 2018. Members of CSEA will hold a meeting to discuss and vote on the agreement on Oct. 17.

    The bargaining teams also struck several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), related to the job title and salary range for specific unit positions, and terms of compensation for unit members assigned to Stand-By Alert pay in transportation.

    All agreements must be ratified by CSEA members and the FCUSD Board of Education. Both are scheduled to vote next week.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Oct. 11, 2017

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    The FCUSD Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 5 formally ratified the District’s agreement with FCEA. To recap, the agreement includes:

    -A 2% salary increase for the 2016-17 school year, retroactive to July 1, 2016.
    -An additional 1% salary increase effective July 1, 2017.
    -Effective July 1, 2017, increases to the district’s health benefit cap:
               -Single medical cap increase by $50, from $575 to $625
               -Family medical cap increase by $100, from $800 to $900.
    -An agreement for the District to provide special education teachers four release days per year for the purpose of writing Individualized Education Programs and other job-related duties
    -In each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, one professional development day will be added to the teacher work year.

    Timeline for Retroactive Payment:
    2017-18: The new ongoing salary rate, plus one-time retroactive pay (1% salary and medical cap increase) will be included on certificated employees’ Oct. 31 paycheck.

    2016-17: Certificated employees who were on the salary schedule in 2016-17 will receive a separate check on Nov. 15 with retroactive pay for the entire 2016-17 school year (2%).

    Note: Per the agreement, only FCEA members who are active employees at the time of the agreement’s ratification (Oct. 5) are eligible to receive retroactive payments.

    Other Related Items:
    At the Oct. 5 Board of Education meeting, FCEA presented its proposed contract openers for future bargaining, which include:

    -Article 10: Class Size
    -Article 15: Safety

    During their regular bargaining meeting Thursday, Oct. 5, teams from FCUSD and FCEA discussed ongoing items, including:

    -Agreed to begin a comprehensive update to job descriptions for all unit members starting with the following job titles:

                    -Psychologist
                    -Preschool Teacher
                    -CTE/ROP/ROTC
                    -Counselor
                    -Speech and Language Pathologist
                    -School Nurse
                    -GPS
                    -Athletic Director
                    -Activities Director
                    -Special Education Teacher

    -Continued review and discussion of Professional Development language, as well as minor contract language revisions. The teams discussed a goal of presenting an updated contract in November.

    -Began discussion and consideration of modifying the hiring timeline for teachers in future academic years.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Sept. 22, 2017

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    FCUSD, teachers reach agreement on salary, benefits increases
     
    Folsom Cordova teachers will receive salary and benefit increases under a mediated multi-year agreement reached between the district’s bargaining team and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA).

    The tentative agreement was ratified overwhelmingly by FCEA membership Wednesday, Sept. 20, and will go to the FCUSD Board of Education for approval next month. FCEA represents about 1,000 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District. 

    Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
     
    • A 2% salary increase for the 2016-17 school year, retroactive to July 1, 2016.
    • An additional 1% salary increase effective July 1, 2017.
    • Effective July 1, 2017, increases to the district’s health benefit cap:
      • Single medical cap increase by $50, from $575 to $625
      • Family medical cap increase by $100, from $800 to $900.
    • An agreement for the District to provide special education teachers four release days per year for the purpose of writing Individualized Education Programs and other job-related duties
    • In each of the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, one professional development day will be added to the teacher work year. 


    The full language of the tentative agreement can be found here

    “Our district has great pride in the dedication and professionalism of our teachers, who go above and beyond to provide some of the best education in the region,” said Superintendent Sarah Koligian, Ed.D. “This compensation package values the contributions of our teachers and supports the recruitment and retention of the best in the profession.”

    Said Angelica Miklos, FCEA president: “Our educators remained dedicated to their students, families, and colleagues as we worked through the bargaining process. I am grateful for the collaborative relationship that FCEA is building with FCUSD. That relationship allowed us to quickly reach a resolution this year, which shows that our district respects and values its educators. I look forward to building on that foundation and strengthening our partnership as we move forward.”

    In the meantime, the District continues discussions with its other employee group, Chapter #528 (Comprehensive and Transportation Units) of the California School Employees Association (CSEA), which represents most non-teaching positions. Negotiations are moving positively toward resolution.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Sept. 8, 2017

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    On Friday, Sept. 8, bargaining team members from the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents teachers and other certificated staff, and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) met with a state mediator as both sides continued negotiations.

    Below is a short summary of what the bargaining teams discussed during the daylong meditation session, and initial outcomes:

    Compensation: During mediation, the FCUSD and FCEA bargaining teams exchanged multiple multi-year compensation packages, and FCEA agreed to take a proposal back to its Executive Council on Sept. 12. Details of the offer cannot be released because, when the parties meet in mediation, they are limited in the details they can disclose due to the confidentiality of the proceedings.

    Teams continued discussions on a variety of other items, including:

    -The Psychologist Salary and Yearly Calendar Subcommittee met to discuss options to attract and retain the best psychologists, and set a future meeting for Sept. 25.
    -The teams discussed a draft job description for a Speech and Language Pathologist Division Leader, a new “lead” role that recognizes the extra time needed for a Lead Speech and Language Pathologist to support SLPA (Speech and Language Pathologist Assistants).

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Aug. 23, 2017

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    On Wednesday, Aug. 23, bargaining team members from the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents teachers and other certificated staff, and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) met with a state mediator as both sides continued negotiations.

    When the parties meet in mediation, they are limited in the details they can disclose due to the confidentiality of the proceedings. No new offers were proposed during mediation.

    Both sides continued to discuss each sides’ common bargaining interests and agreed to resume negotiations on Sept. 8. 

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Aug. 18, 2017

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    On Friday, Aug. 18, bargaining team members from the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents teachers and other certificated staff, and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) met to continue negotiations for a successor contract under the parameters of mediation.

    During the daylong session at the FCEA headquarters, both teams worked collaboratively and discussed each sides' common bargaining interests. Below is a short summary of what the teams produced, and initial outcomes:

    Compensation: FCEA's bargaining team presented a written offer:

    -an ongoing, 3% salary increase, effective July 2016
    -Step 30 on salary schedule will become Step 24
    -the individual medical cap will be increased by $50 and the family medical cap will be increased by $100, effective July 1, 2016


    FCEA's proposal was offered after both negotiating teams discussed common interests, including compensation that values the contributions of our teachers and that supports the recruitment and retention of the best in the profession.

    Speech and Language Pathologist Division Leader: FCEA will bring a new job description for a Speech and Language Pathologist Division Leader to its executive council. This new "lead" role recognizes the extra time needed for a Lead Speech and Language Pathologist to support SLPA (Speech and Language Pathologist Assistants). FCEA and FCUSD will continue to look at ways to address the needs of other Support Services providers who are responsible for students with IEPs.

    Psychologist Salary and Yearly Calendar Subcommittee: In discussion of common interests, both teams acknowledged that the work year of a FCEA psychologist is longer than comparable local districts. This has an impact on our ability to attract and retain the best psychologists. While no proposal was offered, both teams agreed to work together and develop a subcommittee to draft an MOU that can address the mutual interests.

    Professional Development Subcommittee: Both teams acknowledged that a need exists to develop a better understanding of the compensation system for Professional Development and Service Credit. While no proposal was offered, both teams agreed to work together and develop a subcommittee to draft an MOU to can address the mutual interests.

    FCEA and FCUSD have agreed to resume negotiations on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Aug. 7, 2017

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    On Monday, Aug. 7, bargaining team members from the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents teachers and other certificated staff, and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District (FCUSD) met to renew negotiations for a successor contract after a summer break.

    During the daylong session at the Education Services Center, both teams broke into small collaborative groups to discuss each sides’ common bargaining interests. Below is a short summary of what the teams produced, and initial outcomes:

    Compensation: FCUSD’s bargaining team presented a written offer:

    -a one-time, off-schedule 2% bonus, effective Jan. 1, 2017
    -an ongoing, 2% salary increase effective July 1, 2017

    FCUSD’s proposal was offered after both negotiating teams discussed common interests, including compensation that values the contributions of our teachers and that supports the recruitment and retention of the best in the profession.

    Special Education Release Time: FCEA and FCUSD have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides four release days a year for special education teachers to work on Individualized Education Plans and other routine tasks associated with increasingly heavy workloads. The MOU recognizes the extra time needed to meet special education compliance requirements and the additional layers of complexity associated with the work. The MOU will be presented to the FCEA Executive Board on Aug. 15 and to the FCUSD Board of Education on Aug. 17. FCEA and FCUSD will continue to look at ways to address the needs of other Support Services providers who are responsible for students with IEPs.

    Benefits: In their discussion of common interests, both teams acknowledged that the cost of health benefits continue to be a significant burden for employees. While no proposal was offered, both teams agreed to work together to develop an educational plan for employees that helps staff navigate the complexities of health plans and maximize value and affordability for their families.

    FCEA and FCUSD have agreed to resume negotiations on Aug. 18 and Aug. 23.

    Debbie Krikourian           Donald Ogden

    Bargaining Chair, FCEA   Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, FCUSD

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