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

Original post made on Nov 15, 2021

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 deal to resolve tense labor negotiations between the PUSD and the teachers union.

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Posted by Jan Batcheller
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 15, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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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.

Posted by Rich Shinn
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 15, 2021 at 2:17 pm

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

Posted by KathleenRuegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Nov 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm

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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.

Posted by Jeff
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 15, 2021 at 8:43 pm

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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.

Posted by Melinda Ballard
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 16, 2021 at 2:43 pm

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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.

Posted by Jeff
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 17, 2021 at 11:21 am

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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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