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Lake Tahoe Unified School district, teachers union reach tentative agreement

TERMS OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

The terms of the tentative agreement are:

  1. For the contract year of 2018-2019, STEA will receive a retroactive general salary increase to the current Certificated Salary Schedule, Appendix A, the Professional Teacher Increments, CTE, longevity and the stipend granted for every Master’s and/or Doctorate degree of 2.0% effective July 1, 2018;
  2. For the contract year of 2019-2020, STEA will receive a general salary increase to the current Certificated Salary Schedule, Appendix A, the Professional Teacher Increments, CTE, longevity and the stipend granted for every Master’s and/or Doctorate degree of 3.25% effective July 1, 2019, and an increase of 0.25%, which is equivalent to $250, to the health & benefit cap for active members and retirees effective on October 1, 2020;
  3. If the statutory COLA for the 2019-2020 May Revise is less than 3.25%, LTUSD shall have the right to request a reopener to revisit Article XXVII;
  4. Similarly, if the statutory COLA for the 2019-2020 May Revise is greater than 3.46%, STEA shall have the right to request a reopener to revisit Article XXVII; and,
  5. This Agreement, hereby, incorporates all other single-issue tentative agreement the Parties have executed (“signed”) during their prior negotiations and which are attached.
  6. Except as provided in Paragraph 3 and Paragraph 4, this Agreement closes all further contract negotiations for the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires on June 30, 2020.

This information was provided by Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Lake Tahoe Unified School District and the union representing the district’s educators have reached a tentative agreement on contract updates.

The tentative agreement was reached through mediation — a process used when labor negotiations reach an impasse — Tuesday.

If adopted by the South Tahoe Educators Association (STEA) and the district board of education, the agreement would resolve a running stalemate over salary increases for the current school year while also setting terms for the 2019-20 school year.

The tentative terms, according to information provided by the district, would grant STEA members a general salary increase of 2%. The increase would be retroactive to July 1, 2018.

For the 2019-20 school year, STEA members will receive a 3.25% general salary increase starting July 1. STEA also will see an increase of 0.25% — equivalent to $250 — to the health and benefit cap for active members and retirees starting on Oct. 1, 2020.

Heading into Tuesday’s mediation, officials from STEA and the district said they were hopeful the stalemate would be resolved in the near future.

“The Association is definitely hopeful that the district is willing to have a meaningful conversation tomorrow,” STEA President Jodi Dayberry told the Tribune Monday. While the district argued it did not have enough money to meet the educator’s proposal, STEA disputed that claim.

Prior to reaching the tentative agreement, LTUSD Superintendent James Tarwater also expressed optimism regarding the mediation process, but said there are real constraints facing the district.

“I understand the push across the state and the nation in terms of looking at funding for education. I do believe it’s so tight and yet the demands are high … so I think we’ve been lucky up here at Tahoe. We have a good team, built some good facilities, and we want to keep it going.”

According to an email, the district sent the following message to its certified staff today: “The District values your service and all that you do for our students and families. With the state of education in California, we recognize and appreciate the complexities and challenges that you face each day as you prepare your students for the future. With gratitude, Lake Tahoe Unified School District.”

The tentative agreement with STEA was reached one week after the board of education approved two tentative agreements with other district personnel.

Now that the district has a tentative agreement with STEA, the agreements with classified and confidential staff approved by the board on April 23 will be replaced with the terms in the STEA agreement, assuming its officially adopted by the association and the LTUSD board.

That’s because the agreement with the classified staff — an employee group that includes cafeteria workers, bus drivers and others — and confidential staff has a clause stating: “Should any other represented employee group or association, for the 2018-19 and/or 2019-20 school year, receive new and better economic provisions than those provided to ASSOCIATION under this agreement, ASSOCIATION shall have the right to receive the equivalent economic benefit(s) provided to the other employee group or association.”

Tarwater, who is included as a “confidential” employee, explained that the district extends the same terms negotiated with the classified employee union or teacher union to the non-represented employees in order to maintain equity.

“Everybody gets the same,” he told the Tribune.

ORIGINAL POST

Lake Tahoe Unified School District and the union representing the district’s educators have reached a tentative agreement on contract updates.

The tentative agreement was reached through mediation — a process used when labor negotiations reach an impasse — Tuesday.

If adopted by the South Tahoe Educators Association (STEA) and the district board of education, the agreement would resolve a running stalemate over salary increases for the current school year while also setting terms for the 2019-20 school year.

The tentative terms, according to information provided by the district, would grant STEA members a general salary increase of 2%. The increase would be retroactive to July 1, 2018.

For the 2019-20 school year, STEA members will receive a 3.25% general salary increase starting July 1. STEA also will see an increase of 0.25% — equivalent to $250 — to the health and benefit cap for active members and retirees starting on Oct. 1, 2020.

Heading into Tuesday’s mediation, officials from STEA and the district said they were hopeful the stalemate would be resolved in the near future.

“The Association is definitely hopeful that the district is willing to have a meaningful conversation tomorrow,” STEA President Jodi Dayberry told the Tribune Monday.

Dayberry confirmed on Wednesday that a tentative agreement was reached but was unable to immediately comment due to education-related lobbying efforts in Sacramento.

Prior to reaching the tentative agreement, LTUSD Superintendent James Tarwater also expressed optimism regarding the mediation process, but said there are real constraints facing the district.

“I understand the push across the state and the nation in terms of looking at funding for education. I do believe it’s so tight and yet the demands are high … so I think we’ve been lucky up here at Tahoe. We have a good team, built some good facilities, and we want to keep it going.”

According to an email, the district sent the following message to its certified staff today: “The District values your service and all that you do for our students and families. With the state of education in California, we recognize and appreciate the complexities and challenges that you face each day as you prepare your students for the future. With gratitude, Lake Tahoe Unified School District.”

The tentative agreement with STEA was reached one week after the board of education approved two agreements with other district personnel.

The board approved a tentative bargaining agreement with its classified staff — an employee group that includes cafeteria workers, bus drivers and others — on April 23.

Under the agreement those employees will receive an overall 5% increase to salary and benefits over the course of two years.

A portion of that, 1.75%, will be retroactive to July 1, 2018 in order to cover the 2018-19 school year.

In the event the annual cost of living adjustment is 3.46%, employees will then receive a 3% salary increase effective July 1 in order to cover the 2019-20 school year. If the cost of living adjustment is more or less than 3.46%, the two parties will try to reach a new salary increase.

The final .25% will be in the form of a benefit increase to the health and welfare cap from the current amount of $11,000 to $11,250.

Those terms for classified employees represented by the California School Employees Association, also were approved for unrepresented certificated management, classified management, supervisory and confidential employees.

Tarwater, who is included as a “supervisory” employee, explained that the district typically extends the same terms negotiated with the classified employee union or teacher union to the non-represented employees in order to maintain equity.

“Everybody gets the same,” he told the Tribune.