Teacher salary freezes
Original post made
by Fairlands Resident, Fairlands Elementary School,
on Apr 23, 2009
I am looking for more information because the information I've been receiving has been conflicting.
I've been told by parcel tax supporters that it is not possible for PUSD to freeze teacher raises (step & column) because of California Ed Code.
But not only do I see that other California school districts are negotiating with their unions about teacher salaries, but PUSD classified employees I know have told me that it is possible for PUSD to negotiate with the Pleasanton teachers' union (APT) about step and column.
It doesn't seem reasonable that there would be a law preventing our school district from negotiating directly with our teachers' union.
If there is a law that prevents this, or something in California Ed code, would someone please post that information?
Posted by Fairlands Resident
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm
Me again...I just found some information on the Ed Data Partnership Website, Web Link
It states that wages, benefits and hours of employment are all items school districts negotiate with the teachers' union.
So I guess I answered my own question - that is, if this website is reliable, but it appears to be a California government website, so I think it is.
Maybe others can check out the Ed Data Website - there was an article called Negotiating Teachers' Contracts in California dated October 2003 on the website. I can't get a link to the article, but here's the relevant portion:
According to Senate Bill 160 (1975), the Rodda Act, the school board and the union must meet at least once every three years. The result of this negotiating determines the salaries and benefits, hours, calendar, and most aspects of teachers' working conditionsas well as attempting to solve problems and address new issues that have arisen during the period of the contract.
Contents of a Typical Teachers' Contract
Compensation: cost-of-living adjustment, salary schedule, pay for specific duties (department chair, coach), minimum teacher salaries, expenses, travel reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, mentor teacher selection process
Benefits: health and welfare premiums, specific plans offered, retiree benefits
Hours: length of work day, work year, student year, calendar (holidays, vacations), minimum days, preparation periods, lunch
Leaves: bereavement, pregnancy, child rearing, religious, sick leave, disability, sabbatical, personal need/necessity, jury duty, military, industrial accident/illness, catastrophic illness
Retirement: early retirement, benefits
Job assignment: assignment, promotion, transfer, reassignment
Class size and caseloads: pupils per teacher, students per counselor, number of teaching periods, instructional aides
Evaluation: procedures and remediation
Grievance: procedures, appeal process, mediation, arbitration
Discipline: procedures and criteria
Layoff and Reemployment
Organizational security: payroll deduction of union dues ("agency fee"), maintenance of membership, fair share fees, union rights
Work stoppage: "no-strikes" clause
Contract: duration, reopeners
Savings clause: contract in effect if portion invalidated by court, legislature
Management rights: authority "to the full extent of the law"
Consultation: topics, procedures
Maybe there's changes since this information was published, but if not, then it does seem as if salaries are negotiable. But why would PUSD say the law says step and column isn't negotiable? Isn't step & column part of salaries? Or am I confusing step & column with salaries?