Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers, which represents certificated staff members, are still in the midst of tense contract negotiations.
Spokesman Patrick Gannon told the Weekly on Wednesday the district has "continues to be committed to work towards a resolution" with the teachers union, which included a meeting between PUSD and APT on Sept. 6, and again on Sept. 14.
According to Gannon, the California Public Employee Relations board mediator also certified PUSD, APT and the California Teachers Association (CTA) to fact finding on Tuesday.
"Either the district or APT/CTA must formally request fact finding, in order to commence that process. As of today, the district has not requested fact finding," Gannon said.
APT said in a statement to the Weekly on Wednesday that the district's proposals for certificated staff "do not center around what is best for our students." Members at the Sept. 1 mediation session were "ready to secure an agreement ... that would give our educators a fair return for the work that they do," but APT contends that PUSD "arrived with excuses."
"Rather than spending the time in mediation with APT members, management chose to send out misleading information to the community, including students," representatives said, adding the district's public communication "never mentions students and this demonstrates why no agreement has been reached."
APT added they "have been willing to continue negotiations with management to address our guiding principles that ensure that PUSD supports our students by investing in the best resources and supports, class sizes and highly qualified educators."
Last month, the district's negotiating team offered the collective bargaining unit a two-year compensation package from 2020 through 2022 "equivalent to a 5% increase" to the APT, according to Gannon.
The offer includes "both one-time and ongoing salary increases, as well as improved stipends for all special education staff, nurses, psychologists, speech language pathologists, and behaviorists," Gannon said. "Our proposal also includes new stipends for middle school teachers in extracurricular programs, as well as an increase in the professional rate of pay from $32.15 to $46.86."
Up to 15 years of service credit to new hires has also been offered by the district "in order to help recruit experienced teachers."
"This was done prior to the Association of Pleasanton Teachers declaring impasse, and it remains the district's offer at this time," Gannon added. "The district is ready to continue conversations, should APT choose to return to the negotiations table to finalize the collective bargaining agreement."
The California Public Employment Relations Board declared the impasse between PUSD and APT in July. That same month, APT received a 3.5% salary increase via annual step and column adjustments outlined in the existing collective bargaining agreement, but no other pay adjustments have been made.
The district also allocated $1 million towards supporting teacher professional development during the 2021-22 school year.
Around the same time, the Board of Trustees also approved an agreement with the district's classified bargaining unit, the California School Employees Association, which adjusts salary compensation for those union members.