The Association of Pleasanton Teachers--the teachers' union--has announced that its members have voted by a two-thirds majority to ratify a tentative agreement negotiated with the Pleasanton Unified School District on a Memorandum of Understanding that would reduce the teacher work year by two days next year.
The announcement was made by Trevor Knaggs, president of the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.
Knaggs said the MOU is seen as one component of a larger plan to address the current budget crisis which recently forced the school board to approve nearly $10 million in cuts to programs and services in order to achieve a balanced budget.
The PUSD Board of Trustees will present a parcel tax to the voters on June 2, which, if passed would restore programs such as counseling services, reading specialists and Class Size Reduction. There are however, other services that will not be restored by the passage of the parcel tax. The Association's offer is intended to restore some of these services, simultaneously saving jobs and minimizing the impact of the budget crisis on their students, Knaggs said.
According to the agreement, the teacher work year will be reduced by two days. The two-day reduction shall be achieved by reducing the previous three mandatory Staff Development Days to one day of mandatory staff development.
Knaggs said teachers "will be sacrificing" between $652.00 and $1,059 in salary in the concession depending on their position on the salary scale.
The agreement stipulates that for the 2009-2010 school year, teachers will report for service on Monday, Aug. 24. The day of staff development will be on Oct. 30. There will be no change to the number of instructional days for students.
Before agreeing to the concession, the teachers' union sought assurances that rendering service on 183 days would constitute a full year of service and would be reported as a full year. In addition, it was stipulated by the association that the $760,000 in savings to the school district that this concession will generate should be utilized to restore certificated non-management positions in addition to those restored by the parcel tax.
Because the MOU is part of a larger plan to resolve the budget crisis, Knaggs said that it would only be effective if the parcel tax is approved at the June 2 election. Otherwise, current contract language will prevail, he said.
Also, the agreement will only be effective for the 2009-10 school year. When it expires on June 11 2010, the current agreement regarding workdays and staff development will again take effect "unless the parties reach a new agreement," Knaggs said.
The Association of Pleasanton Teachers is associated with the 340,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million National Education Association.