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Pleasanton Teachers Receive 2.7% Pay Raise-NOT!

Original post made by Get Your Facts Straight , Birdland, on Apr 29, 2011

See info below regarding tentative agreements between PSUD and the teachers union. Recently there was another topic that was posted stating that Pleasanton Teachers receive a 2.7% pay raise and that is not true.








Tentative agreements


The Pleasanton Unified School District has reached Tentative Agreements (TA) for the 2011/12 school year with both the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), representing certificated employees, and California School Employees Association #155 (CSEA), representing classified employees. Both agreements have been accepted by association membership and will come to the Board of Trustees for approval on May 10.






Highlights of the TA for APT are as follows:


■The tentative agreement is a one-year agreement for the 2011-12 school year. The agreement would generate an estimated $1.7 million in budget savings for the District. The agreement contains language that would reopen negotiations immediately if the District experiences a reduction to the Base Revenue Limit (BRL) that is greater than $399 (the amount of reduction that the Board has already planned for in terms of necessary budget reductions.)


■The agreement suspends the collaboration period at the comprehensive high schools for 2011-12. Schools may elect to schedule some class periods from their staffing allotment outside of the regular six period day in order to make some availability for seven period schedules (e.g. A or B period classes.) Estimated budget savings of $448,000.


■The agreement continues the increased secondary staffing ratios that were implemented for the 2010-11 school year. The staffing ratios at middle school would remain at 27:1 and at high school at 28:1 in 2011-12. Estimated budget savings of $880,000.


■Continue the suspension of Voluntary Staff Development Days for teachers and continue suspension of the Teacher Support and Training Advisory Committee and associated teacher stipend for 2011-12. Estimated budget savings of $395,000.






Other Items for 2011-12


■Open House (suspended in 2010-11) would be returned to the schedule in 2011-12.


■Elementary Parent/Teacher conferences (limited to at-risk students is 2010-11) would be scheduled for all parents in 2011-12.


■The current five year limit on job share assignments would be lifted.


■Continue to allow staff to utilize one additional of their sick leave days for personal necessity reasons.


■Continue additional evaluation year cycle for permanent teachers with 10+ years performing satisfactorily.


■Continue that science fairs and family math nights will be site-based decisions.


■Continue that the District writing sample is to be conducted with sites responsible for coordination.




Highlights of the TA for CSEA are as follows:


■The agreement would generate an estimated $258,000 dollars in savings that would be used to avoid reductions to needed classified support positions currently on the budget reduction list. These are: four (4) site and district office positions; the Health Services Liaison; and an Instructional Assistant position. The agreement contains language that would reopen negotiations immediately if the District experiences a reduction to the Base Revenue Limit (BRL) that is greater than $399 (the amount of reduction that the Board has already planned for in terms of necessary budget reductions.)


■The agreement includes five (5) unpaid furlough days for 11 and 12 month classified employees and three (3) unpaid furlough days for 10 month and Kid's Club employees in the 2011-12 school year.






Other Items for 2011-12


•Changes existing language related to classified layoff procedures to clarify that layoff is not a voluntary demotion or reassignment.


•Continue to allow unit members to carry over two (2) more days of accrued but unused vacation days to use in the next school year (this is necessary because it may be difficult for employees to schedule their earned vacation days along with furlough days in the school year.)


•Continue the existing agreement that in the absence of program need, the District will not employ substitutes, consultants, or short-term employees to perform bargaining unit work.


•Continue the existing agreement that the District will not pay employees overtime except for urgent or emergency situations, facility use agreements (e.g. church services, etc.) and transportation for outside-funded work furlough programs.


•Continue agreement that there shall be no District-initiated reorganization or reclassification that would result in a range increase for a bargaining unit position.


•The furlough days will result in a one-time reduction in the classified work year.

Comments (11)

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2011 at 7:07 pm

"The agreement suspends the collaboration period at the comprehensive high schools for 2011-12. Schools may elect to schedule some class periods from their staffing allotment outside of the regular six period day in order to make some availability for seven period schedules (e.g. A or B period classes.) Estimated budget savings of $448,000."

can they really do this? which students get selected for potential openings? which criteria is used to have one student enroll in the 7 periods he/she requested but then turn around and deny the same opportunity to another student who also requested 7 periods?

Some selected students would be more competitive for college than others.... equality issues?

btw I voted yes on E but this idea of granting 7 periods to some students but not to others does not sound like a good idea


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Posted by Watt
a resident of Avila
on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I thinks its available to all (usually around 20-25% of students take a 7 period day), its just that if 100% sign up they might have to evaluate the situation. I think the language just means that they are expecting the usual number.


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Posted by Truth rocks
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Many thanks for posting the actual tentative agreement. To say that teachers are getting a pay raise when they are actually just not taking furlough days next year is misleading and manipulative. They have taken 8 furlough days since last year, which was a significant cut. I hope Measure E passes so the community demonstrates they value the quality public education in Pleasanton.


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Posted by Pls Parent
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Instead of furlough days a better budget plan would be a salary freeze and a 3% pay reduction for classified, a 5% reduction for administration.
The union is BAD for our children the administration sets the bar for BAD.


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Posted by Longtime resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Simply saying "the union is bad for our children" means nothing in this community- how quickly you forget that it was "the union" that voted to give back over 4 million dollars to save programs and teachers for our kids.

This fly by statement is not working any longer, especially when it doesn't come close to matching what our local teachers union is -actually- doing. To not even recognize this is BAD for our children.

I applaud the teachers for making this sacrifice, and doing so even after the community voted for more cuts through Measure G. Hopefully it won't happen again.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm

"I thinks its available to all (usually around 20-25% of students take a 7 period day), its just that if 100% sign up they might have to evaluate the situation. I think the language just means that they are expecting the usual number."

but how? they are not going to have that many sections with room for every request, since it is not only music but science, math, language, etc being requested as the extra (7) period.

Before it worked because of the extra sections/teachers, but that costs about 500k, which the union already is negotiating as a way to save money.

imo, someone will be denied the 7 period with this "no cost" proposal


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Posted by Jason
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 30, 2011 at 11:51 am

Instead of just focusing on teachers' salaries PUSD should contract all support functions (payroll, facilities management, etc.) to outside companies. This is done in the private sector and results in better services at reduced costs. It would also eliminate the need for at least one Assistant Superintendent.


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Posted by Maria
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

How do we get ahold of the teachers union, to complain about a horrible math teacher? They need to get the bad ones out, to make room to hire good ones for our children.....


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Posted by Careful
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Apr 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I am leaning towards voting for Prop E, although I voted against the last parcel tax initative. To the teachers posting here about how great your union is, be very careful, as you will lose those like me that might vote on E despite our misgivings. To complain about your pay, when not considering your cadiliac benefit plans and pensions is not being honest. In a time where private sector employees are seeing layoffs and reduced pay and job benefits, hearing from crying union members is not productive. My advice? Just keep your mouths shut about how bad you all have it and let the proposition pass...and then, just one kind word of thanks from all of you might be appreciated. This would be a much better tactic than your typical "we are entitled" pitch. Most all of us that work to pay your salaries and benefits would appreciate a little discretion here.


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Posted by Nurse Shark
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Apr 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Maria,

Are you the same "Maria" who posted a teacher's name and publicly accused her of incompetence in another thread? If so, what's wrong with you? You should be ashamed of your immature behavior. God only knows how messed up your kids must be. I'm sure that's the fault of a teacher as well.

You're lucky the thread was removed. You could have been sued for libel.

Grow up. Your kids need real parenting.


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Posted by Longtime resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2011 at 6:16 pm

"Just keep your mouths shut about how bad you all have it and let the proposition pass...and then, just one kind word of thanks from all of you might be appreciated."

Really this attitude says so much Pleasanton! I can only imagine how the teachers felt giving back a significant amount of money after the residents voted down Measure G- then to hear it's not a real pay cut, and now to hear it's a pay raise! And you demand a thank you??!! No wonder they are not voting to do that again. This mentality is sickening and quite pervasive around here these days. Talk about entitled.


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