FCUSD Negotiations Updates

  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: May 16, 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the FCEA, which represents about 1,200 Certificated staff throughout the District, met for a regularly scheduled bargaining session.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered during the collaborative gathering: 

    Memorandums of Understanding (MOU):  

    The teams discussed several possible MOUs to work collaboratively to implement initiatives that benefit the students, staff, and community:

    • CTE Stipend: The teams discussed and agreed to move forward with language that would provide a $750 stipend to Career Tech Education teachers. An MOU will be going forward to the FCEA executive board and the FCUSD Board of Education for ratification.
    • Special Education Release Days: The teams discussed and agreed to move forward with language that would provide four (4) release days for impacted teachers. This is a one-year extension to the current MOU. An MOU for the 2018-19 school year will be going forward to the FCEA executive board and the FCUSD Board of Education for ratification.
    • The negotiations teams also discussed additional MOUs regarding Flex Time at Vista Del Lago, stipends for Agriculture and Culinary teachers, and contract language regarding class sizes at the beginning of the year.

    School Counselor Job Description: The negotiations teams discussed updates to the Counselor Job Description recommended by the Counselor committee. The job description is currently under review by the management team.

    High Deductible Insurance and Health Savings Account: Per FCEA request, an additional information session has been added by our insurance carriers to explain the option of a high deductible health insurance policy as well as the Health Savings Account. The date is May 21 at 5 p.m. at the ESC. All employees are welcome to attend.

    Article 10 and 15: The negotiations teams discussed updates to the collective bargaining agreement in articles 10 and 15. All discussed changes created no change in working conditions, had no impact on the budget, and clarified existing language.


    Future meetings: The teams agreed to meet over the summer on June 8, July 17 and Aug. 7.  

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: May 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528, which represents about 1,000 classified (non-teaching) positions throughout the District, met for a regularly scheduled bargaining session on May 10, 2018.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered during the collaborative gathering:

    New positions update for 18-19: The team discussed new positions being added to the bargaining unit for the 2018-19 school year. These included: an additional occupational therapist, a behavior specialist, a behavior support aide, nine para-educators to support moderate/severe classrooms, an employee benefit specialist, an electrician, and the addition of one hour for health assistants for all 20 elementary schools. The team also discussed the creation of yard supervisor positions for elementary schools.

    Shoes for Crews: In conjunction with Shoes for Crews and our Schools Insurance Authority, we will be providing slip-resistant shoes for eight school site custodians in a pilot. About 45 custodians are eligible to benefit from this program.

    Benefits: The teams discussed the upcoming benefits open enrollment program. The open enrollment fares will be held May 16 and May 22. Also, we will be providing high deductible health plan and health savings account educational meetings on May 15 and May 22.

    FCUSD counter proposal: The bargaining teams discussed the FCUSD counter proposal on articles and topics of mutual consent. The team decided to reconvene in July to work further on developing and finalizing the tentative agreement addressing specific contract articles.

    BOOST and Summer School: The BOOST elementary summer school will be offered at three sites on the Folsom side of the District and it eight sites on the Rancho Cordova side of the district. Middle school will be offering programs on three sites: Mitchell, Mills, and will probably combine Folsom and Sutter middle schools on one site, to be determined.

    Yard supervisor hiring fair: on July 23 and July 24 FCUSD will be hosting a yard supervisor hiring fair. This will be an opportunity elementary schools to staff all of the yard supervisor positions.

    Behavior specialist: The negotiating teams discussed behavior specialist to the CSEA bargaining unit. At this point, both teams are working collaboratively to make this an agenda item for the June 7 board meeting. Summary and bullet points from any items discussed or agreed to in this category, which can include job descriptions, MOUs, individual agenda items and more.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: April 27, 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents about 1,200 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District, met last month for a regularly scheduled bargaining session.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered during the collaborative gathering:  

    Informational Updates:
    -School Counselor Job Description: The team discussed the progress toward updating the current School Counselor job description.  The next counselor meeting is scheduled and the team expects to have a job description ready for review and approval.

    -Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps MOU: This is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Air Force and FCUSD that supports the Air Force JROTC program at Cordova High School. The team was given an opportunity to discuss the MOU. The Air Force provides MOUs that are standard issue and non-negotiable.

    Compensation and FCUSD Counter Offer:
    FCUSD provided a response to each item listed in the FCEA offer from the previous bargaining session. Additionally, FCUSD and FCEA worked collaboratively to develop a timeline, based on information from the state’s May budget revise, for a counter offer by FCUSD to be presented and negotiated. The negotiations teams agreed to schedule meetings over the summer months to work towards a settlement.

    Special Education Committee Update:
    -The team discussed the new Special Education Committee. Our initial meeting addressed developing plans for training and implementing inclusion at pilot elementary schools.
    -The team discussed the role of a Special Education Lead Teacher.
    -The team developed items for the next agenda (staffing, transition plans, facilities).


    Memorandums of Understanding (MOU):
    -Class Size by Week Four: The team discussed the advantages and disadvantages of a one-year MOU to add one week to the timeline to set class sizes for schools as this next year will have three-weeks prior to Labor day.

    -Special Education four-day Release:This MOU will be considered as part of the FCUSD compensation package.

    High Deductible Insurance Options:
    The team discussed the benefits and the risks for employees opting for the High Deductible Insurance program. May is the month for Open Enrollment and for making changes. A High Deductible Insurance information session has been scheduled for 5 p.m. May 15 at the Education Services Center . A second session in in the works.
     
    Work Year, Work Day, Hours of Employment - Contract Article 8.13-8.19:
    The team worked on clarifications and updates to contract Articles 8.13-8.19 in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: April 6, 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the FCEA met for a regularly scheduled session on April 6, 2018.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered during the collaborative and productive meeting:  

    Contract Negotiations:
    • Team members reviewed impacts of the STRS/PERS contribution increases and Step and Column adjustments to the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

    • The cost of the FCEA proposal was discussed.

    • The management team is developing a counter proposal, and both sides will meet again on April 27. FCEA requested that management conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis to examine district spending priorities.


    Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs):
    New or updated MOUs included:
    • Four (4) Release days for IEP Prep

       ◦ This MOU is up for renewal and will be reviewed again on April 27.

       ◦ Input from management and membership was discussed.


    The following recently signed MOUs were reviewed:
    Psychologist calendar 

    Homeroom/ Advisory

    Special Education Committee

    SLP Initial Salary Placement


    Contract Updates
    • Article 8.11 Elementary Specialist Language: Committee revisions were reviewed. This is being moved for ratification by FCEA.

    • Article 8 Working Year, Word Day, Hours of Employment: The team discussed suggested revisions from previous meetings and will continue work clarifying and updating at our next meeting.


    BOOST Summer Program:
    • The team reviewed a Question and Answer document prepared to help clarify questions about the new program. Click here to read the fact sheet. 


    Job Descriptions:
    • Updates were given on progress working on Job Descriptions for the Counselor position.

    • School Psychologist description will go to cabinet for review.

    • Air Force JROTC position review will be on hold pending the review of the MOU between the Air Force and FCUSD.


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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: March 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents about 1,200 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District, met last month for a regularly scheduled bargaining session.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered during the collaborative gathering:

    Compensation: FCEA presented a multiyear compensation offer that was aligned with LCFF COLA and included language for moving Step 30 to Step 24, addressing one-time funds, and developing stipends for extra duties for Agriculture, Culinary, and CTE teachers.

    Job descriptions: The team reviewed the newly Board adopted job description for GPS Coordinator. Committee leads also reported out progress toward updating job descriptions, including those for Psychologist and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor. The new job descriptions will be up for Board review and consideration at its April 19 meeting. Committee members continue to work on job descriptions for the Counselor and SLP Lead positions.

    Special Education: Several issues were discussed, and an MOU has been signed to facilitate monthly committee meetings to work collaboratively on ongoing, evolving special education issues, staffing, and programs.

    Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs):
    -MOU clarifying contract language related to the use of Advisory Time
    -MOU to allow professional credit for newly hired SLPs
    -MOU clarifying the number of work days for psychologists.

    Teams agreed to revisit the MOU related to four (4) release days for special education teachers at the next bargaining meeting after receiving input from site administrators and Cabinet.

    Boost summer intervention program:  As previously noted, FCUSD will be piloting a new summer intervention program for grades K-8 called “Boost” from July 30 through Aug. 7. Michelle Brown is the principal for the program. Here are answers to common questions so far:

    Will transportation be provided to students?
    No.
    Will lunch be provided?
    Yes.
    Who will put together the curriculum?
    The program principal will collaborate with lead teachers and middle school administrators.
    Which sites will have “Boost”?
    Folsom Middle, Sutter Middle, Mitchell, and Mills middle schools.
    How many hours a day?
    8:30 a.m.-12:30- p.m.

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: February 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528 met for a regularly scheduled session earlier this month.

    Below is a short recap of major items covered:

    Job Descriptions: Bargaining teams approved a job description for Campus Monitor and forwarded to Cabinet and executive council for review.

    Staffing: The group adjusted staffing for the following positions: Food Service Worker and Student Care Center Supervisor. Additionally, added new Instructional Assistants (IAs) and a Personnel Clerk.

    Professional Development:
    -Bargaining team members reviewed the upcoming, negotiated professional development day for classified employees on April 2. Details are being finalized and will be distributed in the coming weeks.

    -Teams discussed additional CPR/First Aid training added to the calendar.

    Caseloads: Bargaining team members continued to discuss caseloads for Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapists.

    Openers: CSEA began discussions on specific contract language negotiations. CSEA requested additional planning time to prepare for the next negotiations meeting.

    Additional items:
    -Teams discussed a proposal by CSEA to make Instructional Aides available to Special Education teachers for planning. This proposed planning time would occur before school is in session.

    -Bargaining team members collaborated on a plan to hold monthly pre-negotiation meetings with the CSEA president and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources to develop the agenda.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: February 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents about 1,200 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District, met earlier this month for a regularly scheduled bargaining session .

    Below is a short recap of major items covered:

    Reminder - Upcoming PD Day: Feb. 20, 2018 is a regular, paid workday per the collective bargaining agreement approved in October 2017. For details and answers to common questions, click here.

    Boost Camp summer intervention program: Teams reviewed a proposed alternative to traditional summer school, in an effort to improve outcomes for students. Instead of a traditional 20-day model followed by summer, the “boost” model would provide extra instruction at the beginning of the school year (July 30-Aug. 7). The program would operate across all schools depending on need, and would allow participating teachers to focus on more student-specific interventions. Details are still being finalized and will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

    Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs):
    -Teams signed an MOU outlining a pilot transfer process.

    -Bargaining team members signed an MOU regarding a member change of assignment.

    -Bargaining team agreed to sign a draft MOU for Article 10.7 Support Services Workload. In the MOU, the parties agree to establish a committee during the 2018-19 school year to identify the parties’ interests and options related to workload. Recommendations would be presented to the bargaining team during the Feb. 2019 session.

    Job Descriptions: Teams reviewed:
    -recently Board-approved job descriptions for High school and Middle school athletic director, and High School and Middle School activities directors.

    -subcommittee progress on job descriptions for Counselor and SLP-Division Lead
    reviewed a draft job description for ROTC and forwarded to Cabinet and Executive Council for approval

    Other bargaining items: The following additional items were discussed during bargaining:
    -continued collaborating on updating Article 8 of the collective bargaining agreement: Work Year, Work Day, Hours of Employment

    -discussed pilot strategies to provide yard duty supervision, with a consensus to staff the yard duty with classified employees.

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: January 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528 met for a regularly scheduled session earlier this month.

    The session was a productive and collaborative gathering as both sides continued to work together on items of mutual interest. Below is a short recap of major items covered:

    Professional Development:
    -Bargaining team members reviewed the upcoming, negotiated professional development day for classified employees on April 2. Details are being finalized and will be distributed in the coming weeks.

    -Teams discussed additional CPR/First Aid training added to the calendar.

    Caseloads: Bargaining team members discussed caseloads for Occupational Therapist and the difference between the Medical and Educational model. CSEA and FCUSD are developing a group to review OT/PT caseloads.

    AB 670: CSEA and FCUSD reviewed this legislation related to the staffing of yard duty supervisors.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: January 2018

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents about 1,200 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District, met earlier this month for a regularly scheduled bargaining session .

    The session was a productive and collaborative gathering as both sides continued to work together on items of mutual interest. Below is a short recap of major items covered:

    Reminder - Upcoming PD Day: Feb. 20, 2018 is a regular, paid workday per the collective bargaining agreement approved in October 2017. For details and answers to common questions, click here.

    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - Units for Salary Advancement: Bargaining teams reached agreement on professional development language and compensation.

    The full agreement can be found here. Details include:

    Requests for salary advancement are required to be submitted via TalentEd RECORDS using the District Certificated Coursework Prior Approval Form (directions to BLANK DOCS attached).

    -Prior approval (using the RECORDS approval form) is required for all courses taken after Jan. 12, 2018.


    -The RECORDS approval form must be submitted for any course already approved but not completed.

    -All transcripts for courses completed prior to Jan. 12, 2018 must be received by October 1, 2018.

    -University coursework must be outside of work day and cannot include any form of district payment

    Credit may be granted for units received under ONE of these guidelines:

    -Units related to major/credential
    -Units related to a new teaching major
    -Units related to credential addition
    -Units related to a Masters’ degree
    -Units related to current assignment must be recommended and approved by principal

    Effective July 1, 2018, the professional development rate of pay (in lieu of salary credit) is $45/hr.

    Job Descriptions: Bargaining team members approved job descriptions for the following positions:
    -School Psychologist
    -Career Technology Education

    Other bargaining items: The following additional items were discussed during bargaining:

    -Agreed to joint sunshine Contract Articles 8, 9, 10, and 15, as well as compensation.

    -Discussed updating the contract to reflect current programs. A joint task force will be meeting on Feb. 9, 2018.

    -FCUSD and FCEA are exploring a pilot program to implement AB 670 using certificated personnel.

    -FCEA has a new process for its members to provide input for contract language change. Items must be brought to the rep council first then to schools, and after getting feedback from schools, the rep council may or may not bring to the bargaining table.

    -FCEA and FCUSD are proposing to form a committee of support services teachers and administrators, along with FCUSD and FCEA bargaining representatives, to create language addressing workloads. FCEA will bring a MOU to the next bargaining session.

    -Bargaining teams discussed working together to develop multi year calendar including summer school, intersession, professional development and collaboration days.

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  • FAQ: February 20 Professional Development Day

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    The FCUSD and FCEA leadership teams in the District and the Folsom Cordova Education Association are excited to offer all of our certificated employees a full day of professional learning and collaboration next month. We’re reaching out jointly today to provide some additional details and clarification regarding this negotiated opportunity for our instructional staff.

    Is the Professional Development day a workday?
    Yes, this is a certificated employee workday per the collective bargaining agreement approved in October 2017. This day was negotiated as an additional paid workday by the bargaining teams in response to employee feedback for more professional learning opportunities.

    How will I be paid for the Professional Development day?
    As a regular work day, certificated staff will receive their daily rate.

    To receive payment of daily rate, staff must sign up in Go Sign Me Up and also complete a sign in sheet on Feb. 20. (More details below.) Payment will be issued on March 10, 2018.

    Absent staff cannot be paid. Aesop will not allow an absence to be entered for Feb. 20.

    If I am absent, will my STRS credit be impacted?
    Teachers will still receive their full year of STRS credit even if they do not attend. If they do not attend, however, teachers will not receive credit toward their Defined Benefit Supplement (DBS) bucket.

    What is the schedule for Feb. 20?
    8:30-11 a.m. - Folsom High School gym (please carpool; parking is limited)
    -Welcome and mid-year address: Dr. Sarah Koligian, Superintendent
    -Keynote: Myron Dueck, ASCD author, Teacher and Vice Principal

    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Travel time and lunch

    12:30 – 3:30 p.m. - All certificated staff report to their respective sites for PD guided by site principals.

    How do I register on Go Sign Me Up?

    1. Log in to “My Account” using your personal login information. (Note: Username and Password is NOT the same as your FCUSD email; use “Forgot your username or password” to reset. For support, contact the ETIS Support Desk. http://fcusd.gosignmeup.com/dev_students.asp?action=login&misc=184

    2. Sign up for training at your school site/department.

    Additional questions?
    Please reach out to your school site principal or bargaining team representative if you have any additional questions.

    We look forward to the opportunity to gather, share ideas, and grow together next month!

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Dec. 6, 2017

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528 met for a regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

    The session was a productive and collaborative gathering as both sides continued to work together on items of mutual interest. Below is a short recap of major items covered:

    Retroactive pay: Teams reviewed the timeline for retroactive pay under the recently ratified compensation agreement:


    -CSEA members received a retro paycheck on Dec. 14 equal to 2% base pay received in 2016-17
    -CSEA member paychecks received on Dec. 29 will reflect new salary rates retroactive to July 1, 2017.
    -Retroactive increases to the benefits cap will also appear on the Dec. 29 paycheck, and will show as a negative in employee deductions.
    Note: Only employees who remained in service at the Oct. 19 ratification are eligible to receive retroactive pay

    Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs): The bargaining teams signed four MOUs, including:

    -An agreement to provide Less than 12 Month Employees with the correct Annual Leave amount, including retroactive compensation for past underpayment
    -An agreement to reclassify two 4-hour Relief Driver positions to 7 hours; to add 1.5 hours to a position that will be used to fuel busses; and to reclassify a Mechanic I to a Mechanic II.
    -An agreement to increase a 2.5-hour Food Service Worker I position at Mills Middle to 3 hours.
    -An agreement to reduce a STARS Team Leader position to 6 hours after it becomes vacant, due to funding changes; and to change a vacant Maintenance Mechanic II position to an HVAC Technician.

    Professional Development: Additional CPR training sessions have been added: Jan. 19, Feb. 6, and Feb. 7, all 3:30-6 p.m.

    Bus monitors: The teams reviewed plans to add bus monitor positions to support the safety of students and drivers.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Nov. 30, 2017

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA), which represents about 1,200 teachers, counselors, and other certificated staff throughout the District, met for a regularly scheduled session on Thursday, Nov. 30.

    The session was a productive and collaborative gathering as both sides continued to work together on items of mutual interest. Below is a short recap of major items covered:  

    Discussion - Early Notice of Retirement Incentive: Last year, 22 FCEA members took advantage of the early notice incentive. Giving early notice provides additional help to Human Resources when planning for the following school years’ staffing needs (and is not the same as an early retirement). This year, early notification is due on Jan. 19, 2018 to receive the one-time $1,500 incentive.

    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Bargaining teams drafted an MOU for Board of Education approval that would allow five (5) days of bereavement leave if travel is out of state.

    Job Descriptions: Bargaining team subcommittees have drafted job descriptions for Board approval:

    • Middle School Activities Director
    • Middle School Athletic Director
    • High School Activities Director
    • High School Athletic Director

    Hiring Timeline: Teams are working together on a hiring timeline for the 2018-19 school year.

    Subcommittee on Professional Development: This bargaining subcommittee reported progress toward updating contract language on advancement credits and the coursework approval process.

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  • FCEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Nov. 2, 2017

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the Folsom Cordova Education Association (FCEA) met for a regularly scheduled session on Thursday, Nov. 2. Below is a short recap of major items covered:  

    2018-19 Instructional Calendar: Bargaining teams exchanged dialogue on two draft versions of the 2018-19 school year calendar. A final recommendation on the 2018-2019 calendar will be presented at a subsequent Board meeting after input from various stakeholders has been received.

    Job Descriptions Updates: Team members reviewed the following job descriptions that are in the process of being updated:

    • SLP Division Lead
    • CTE Teacher
    • MS/HS Athletic Director
    • MS/HS Activity Director
    • Psychologist
    • Counselor
    • GPS Coordinator

    Contract Updates:  Team members along with teachers/administrators are working to update contract language for elementary specialists and professional development.   


    Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): The bargaining teams signed an MOU allowing for 90 days, instead of 30 days, for proof of years of service and transcripts for newly hired teachers.

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Nov. 1, 2017

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    Bargaining team members from FCUSD and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528 met for a regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Below is a short recap of major items covered:  

    Retroactive pay: Teams reviewed the timeline for retroactive pay under the recently ratified compensation agreement:

      • CSEA members will receive a retro paycheck on Dec. 15 equal to 2% base pay received in 2016-17
      • CSEA member paychecks received on Dec. 29 will reflect new salary rates and also an additional amount equal to 1% retroactive to July 1, 2017.

     

    • Note: Only employees who remained in service at the Oct. 19 ratification are eligible to receive retroactive pay    

    Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs): The bargaining teams signed several MOUs, including:

    • A new employee orientation agreement
    • An agreement related to ETIS positions
    • An agreement combining Maintenance and Operations on the salary schedule

    Professional Development Day Survey: The CSEA and FCUSD bargaining teams are seeking input on how best to use the Professional Development Day agreed to in the unit’s recently ratified compensation agreement. Click here to print out the survey and return the completed form to Ed McCarthy at EMcCarth@fcusd.org.  

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  • CSEA & FCUSD Joint Negotiations Update: Oct. 20, 2017

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    On Thursday, Oct. 19, the Folsom Cordova  Unified Board of Education ratified a new agreement with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #528. CSEA represents about 1,000 classified (non-teaching) positions throughout the District.

    CSEA membership ratified the agreement earlier in the week. The agreement includes:

    • a 2% salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2016

     (Employees who remain in service at the time of ratification will receive one-time retroactive payment equal to 2% of base pay received in the 2016-17 school year.) 



    • 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 $550 to $600
)
      (family medical cap increase by $100, from $700 to $800
)


    • one voluntary professional development day for unit members in the 2017-18 school year 



    • In 2017-18 only, the bargaining teams agreed to discuss CSEA’s request that Physical Therapists (PTs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) be provided with up to three days of release time to prepare for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). 


    The bargaining teams also recently struck several Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), including agreements to:

    • change a 5.75 hour-per-day Para-Educator position to an Instructional Assistant split position at two schools to best meet the needs of students

    • change the salary of Relief Bus Drivers to Range 17 to align with current bus driver positions

    • revise contract language outlining the terms of compensation for unit members assigned to Stand-By Alert 


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  • 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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