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4.5% pay raise among key provisions in deal between Pleasanton Unified, teachers union

APT ratifies tentative agreement this week; contract heads to school board on Thursday

A 4.5% salary increase, a $2,000 bonus for last year and some class size reductions at the elementary level are among key provisions revealed in the tentative agreement to resolve tense labor negotiations between the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.

Terms of the proposed contract, which heads to the PUSD Board of Trustees for consideration next Thursday, were released late this week as part of the board's public agenda.

APT members voted to ratify the deal earlier this week, though the final ballot tally was not confirmed as of Friday afternoon.

Reached by both sides' negotiating teams on Monday, the tentative agreement aims to resolve drawn-out and contentious bargaining talks that saw union members vote last month to authorize APT leaders to call for a strike amid impasse with the district. Teachers rallied multiple times outside the district office after-hours this fall but no work stoppage occurred.

The agreement would increase teachers' pay on the salary schedule across the board by 4.5% retroactive to July 1. It also offers APT members a one-time payment of $2,000 for the 2020-21 academic year -- prorated based on assigned full-time equivalent (FTE) hours.

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The contract would also, effective on Jan. 1, increase the hourly rate for the professional rate for certificated staff members from $32.15 to $46.86 (which is column one, step one of the teacher salary schedule in PUSD). There would also be standardized stipends for middle school coaches, music programs and special education teachers retroactive to July 1.

Additionally, starting in the 2022-23 academic year, the district would increase the allowable service credit for teachers newly hired to PUSD to a maximum of 15 years (up from the prior maximum of six years).

Among the key non-salary-related terms of the agreement would be a reduction in class size for fourth and fifth grades from 33 students down to 31.

The district's Business Services Department estimates the financial impact of the deal to be just over $6 million, although they note "exact cost won't be known until payroll runs," according to the board's agenda packet.

The school board's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. next Thursday (Nov. 18).

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4.5% pay raise among key provisions in deal between Pleasanton Unified, teachers union

APT ratifies tentative agreement this week; contract heads to school board on Thursday

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Nov 12, 2021, 6:32 pm
Updated: Sun, Nov 14, 2021, 2:59 pm

A 4.5% salary increase, a $2,000 bonus for last year and some class size reductions at the elementary level are among key provisions revealed in the tentative agreement to resolve tense labor negotiations between the Pleasanton Unified School District and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers.

Terms of the proposed contract, which heads to the PUSD Board of Trustees for consideration next Thursday, were released late this week as part of the board's public agenda.

APT members voted to ratify the deal earlier this week, though the final ballot tally was not confirmed as of Friday afternoon.

Reached by both sides' negotiating teams on Monday, the tentative agreement aims to resolve drawn-out and contentious bargaining talks that saw union members vote last month to authorize APT leaders to call for a strike amid impasse with the district. Teachers rallied multiple times outside the district office after-hours this fall but no work stoppage occurred.

The agreement would increase teachers' pay on the salary schedule across the board by 4.5% retroactive to July 1. It also offers APT members a one-time payment of $2,000 for the 2020-21 academic year -- prorated based on assigned full-time equivalent (FTE) hours.

The contract would also, effective on Jan. 1, increase the hourly rate for the professional rate for certificated staff members from $32.15 to $46.86 (which is column one, step one of the teacher salary schedule in PUSD). There would also be standardized stipends for middle school coaches, music programs and special education teachers retroactive to July 1.

Additionally, starting in the 2022-23 academic year, the district would increase the allowable service credit for teachers newly hired to PUSD to a maximum of 15 years (up from the prior maximum of six years).

Among the key non-salary-related terms of the agreement would be a reduction in class size for fourth and fifth grades from 33 students down to 31.

The district's Business Services Department estimates the financial impact of the deal to be just over $6 million, although they note "exact cost won't be known until payroll runs," according to the board's agenda packet.

The school board's meeting is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. next Thursday (Nov. 18).

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Jan Batcheller
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Downtown
on Nov 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Jan Batcheller, Downtown
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on Nov 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm

I hope the tentative agreement holds. Getting pay right is influential in drawing quality teachers. The central element of schools is the quality of its teachers.


Rich Shinn
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Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 15, 2021 at 2:17 pm
Rich Shinn, Pleasanton Meadows
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on Nov 15, 2021 at 2:17 pm

Glad to see a strike was averted. There was no mention of improved health benefits. That is disappointing.


KathleenRuegsegger
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Vintage Hills
on Nov 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm
KathleenRuegsegger, Vintage Hills
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on Nov 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm

Teacher benefits are fine, but they are included in their salaries. So to truly improve benefits, they need to roll them off the salary schedule while leaving the salary as is. I’m sure there’s a solution, but it will cost.


Jeff
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Birdland
on Nov 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm
Jeff, Birdland
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on Nov 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm

How does the available funding for PUSD compare to surrounding districts? Would one look at per-pupil spending? I believe that per-pupil expenditures are very similar for Livermore and Pleasanton. If Livermore can take better care of their teachers why can't Pleasanton? Depending on where one falls out on the salary schedule (years of experience and education level) Livermore teachers make roughly $10,000 less a year than Pleasanton teachers. However, Pleasanton teachers have to pay roughly $31,000 for medical each year. Teachers would have a much higher standard of living teaching in Livermore. If our district doesn't figure something out, then we will lose out to surrounding districts. Only teacher candidates who are married and have medical benefits covered by their spouses will apply. This severely limits the pool of qualified candidates.


Melinda Ballard
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Birdland
on Nov 16, 2021 at 2:43 pm
Melinda Ballard, Birdland
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on Nov 16, 2021 at 2:43 pm

Does the superintendent and his team get the same raise the teachers will be getting? I’d assume since they just voted themselves a hefty raise + benefits, they would decline another raise. PW, please report on this.


Jeff
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Birdland
on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:21 am
Jeff, Birdland
Registered user
on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

Haglund and his cabinet will also get the 4.5% on top of everything else - the 3.5% each year plus benefits for themselves and their families.


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