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The SRTA Negotiations Team met with SRCS on October 30th to initiate negotiations for the 2019-2020 school year. As a part of this meeting they gave SRCS our Initial Negotiations Proposal.
Please find the complete text of the proposal below.
1. The negotiating team requests and encourages your questions about the negotiating proposals. Please use the Negotiating Feedback Form to ask your questions. It will allow us to keep track of questions better. Your questions will either be responded to individually or in the SRTA Monday Update. (Form link: bit.ly/SRTAnegFB
2. Proposal document updated to include supporting documents
Initial SRTA Proposal
This calendar is approved by the SRCS, SRTA, and CSEA negotiating teams but still needs approval from the membership. A ratification vote will start as soon as possible, but SRTA will not initiate the vote until the Furlough Day has been removed from the list of District Budget "solutions".
SRTA has no interest in and will not negotiate a furlough day for the 2018-2019 school year.
Today SRTA signed a new tentative agreement with SRCS!
Major points of the new TA:
New Tentative Agreement Forum
A forum will be held Thursday, December 14th at 4pm at the CTA Offices.
2490 Guerneville Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The ratification vote has been scheduled and will be run via personal email.
The ratification vote will run from Thursday, December 14th 10am through Thursday, December 21st at 4pm. Results will be published as soon as possible.
Tentative Agreement - December 2017
SRTA and SRCS have negotiated to create a Temporary Fire Relief Bank (TFRB)
Below are the MOU (revised 10/31/17) and the Donation and Withdrawl forms. (Click Read More)
The following has been negotiated by SRTA:
1. Elementary illuminate Ed trainings for Report Cards that are currently in My Learning Plan have been negotiated and are approved by SRTA. Teachers will get the extended day rate, and they are completely voluntary. Dates and locations are in My Learning Plan
2. Secondary Illuminate Ed training will be offered as soon as possible for basic use and GradeBook. Dates and time TBD. More extensive training on advanced topics will be planned by the Illuminate Ed subcommittee and offered in the second semester. All trainings will be paid at the extended day rate.
3. The Illuminate Ed sub-committees have been negotiated and approved and are being re-formed, and members who choose to join will be paid for meeting times at the extended day rate. An official SRTA member representative will be appointed by the Exec Board.
4. SRTA has negotiated for a Fire Relief Leave Bank. For those teachers who lost their home during the fires, SRTA will work to get enough days to give each of those teachers 10 days. The days will be given to those teachers to use those days prior to using any of their own accumulated days. See all the details in the SRTA Temporary Fire Relief Leave Bank Post
Updated 9/18 with current list of site visits.
Updated 9/19 to include the notes taken at the meeting.
The TA Forum will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 4pm in the Piner High Auditorium.
We want to acknowledge the incredible work our negotiations team has done, while admitting the TA is far less than we deserve. Please come, bring your questions and hear the responses.
Move: President Will Lyon and Chief Negotiator Kathryn Howell (with the help of negotiation team Members) will explain the TA and how it came to be
Follow: There will be a brief “Pro” presentation
Oppose: There will be a brief “Con” presentation
Bystander: There will be an open mike time for Questions and Comments from others, with a 1 minute time limit per speaker. (Speakers may have an additional minute after all others have been given an opportunity to speak.)
Executive Board and Negotiation Team members are visiting sites during these next couple of weeks to answer questions.
Current Site Visitation Schedule (Will be updated as more visits are scheduled):
Friday, September 8th
More to follow.
We will have the ratification vote in October.
Notes Taken at the Member Forum
On Tuesday and Wednesday September 5th and 6th SRTA and SRCS made their presentations to the three person Fact Finding panel. One of the three panel members was appointed by SRTA, one by SRCS, and the third was mutually agreed upon. If SRTA and SRCS are not able to come to an agreement that can be presented to SRTA membership then the Fact Finding panel will write a non-binding report that can be expected in approximately six weeks.
SRTA's presentation was made by the SRTA Negotiating Team led by SRTA Chief Negotiator Kathryn Howell and supported by SRTA President Will Lyon, SRTA Vice-president Tawni Johnson, and Mark Mitchell from the California Teachers Association (CTA), as well as the Negotiation Team: Dan Swedenborg, Danita Haynes, Ginger Matich, Maddie Doyle, and George Peterson.
SRTA began its presentation with an opening statement by our Chief Negotiator Kathryn Howell (see below).
SRCS's presentation was made by a lawyer representing the district office. At least one other lawyer represented the district along with District staff. One legal firm was hired at a rate of $230/hr. (source, Board Agenda 6/28/17, item E-5, in the attached contracts list item 3,4 business services.) This has cost the school district an undisclosed amount over the course of negotiations. Tuesday alone this cost the district $3,910 for ONE of their attorneys ($230/hr for 17 hours of negotiations).
On Tuesday, in support our negotiating team more than 70 SRTA teachers and community members picketed in front of Santa Rosa High School to raise awareness in the community. At approximately 4pm the demonstrators marched to the District Office to make our voices heard and to support our negotiating team.
See photos and videos below the statement.
SRTA Opening Statement to the Panel
SRTA Members Working Hard for a Better Contract
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