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:

                -Preschool Teacher
                -Speech and Language Pathologist
                -School Nurse
                -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.