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).