RTA Contract/Negotiations Update
The current agreement (link is at the bottom if this page) is in effect through June 30, 2019.
Joint Communication from June 7, 2019
Teh RTA and District negotiation teams met on May 30, 2019 and finalized a tentative agreement regarding several items for the 2019-2020 school year.
The negotiation teams agreed to an increase of $300 per year to the district contributions to health and welfare benefits with the intent to maintain current out of pocket expenses for plus one and family plans. We also agreed to an additional step on the certificated salary schedule so that the final longevity step will be at year 26.
The teams also finalized an updated Grade Span Adjustment agreement for class sizes in TK-3 which will eliminate the need for combination classes in those grade levels, a new evaluation form for Instructional Coaches and clarified language regarding stipends for after school sports coaches.
We have not completed our discussions related to a general increase in salary, but we will continue those discussions when we return in August.
Joint Communication from March 18, 2019
The RTA and District negotiation teams met on January 21, 2019 and March 4, 2019 to begin discussions for the 2018-2019 school year. The January meeting was designed to present topics for discussion this year and we then went into additional details on those topics on March 4.
The negotiation teams agreed that it is a bit early to discuss increases in compensation, but we did review details related to health and welfare benefits provided by the district. The district contribution of $10,000 fully covers the costs of those with Employee Only coverage, but requires out of pocket premium payments for those who have Employee Plus One or Family health insurance coverage. We also have a contribution from our insurance pool that adds $4,500 to the $10,000 district contribution for a total contribution of $14,547 to offset the out of pocket costs for Employee Plus One and Family plans.
The teams also reviewed our current Grade Span Adjustment agreement for class sizes in TK-3, evaluation forms for instructional coaches and reviewed the overall contract to clean up dated language.
Joint Communication on December 12, 2018
The RTA nad District negotiation teams met on December 3, 2018 to continue or discussions related to compensation. Our agreement last year included 1% on the salary schedule and a 2% one time bonus. We also agreed to come back this year to continue our discussions based on new information that could come up over the summer.
We have agreed to an additional 1% increase to the salary schedule retroactive to July 1, 2018. This makes the final agreement for the 2017-2018 school year a 2% increase to the salary schedule and a 2% one time bonus.
Joint Communication on March 21, 2018
RTA and the District negotiation teams met on March 12, 2018 to continue our discussions on the District budget related to potential increases in compensation.
The District and the Association finalized an agreement allowing for a 2% off schedule bonus for 2017-2018 and an increase on the salary schedule of 1% beginning on July 1, 2018. We have agreed to meet again in August to reopen discussions on compensation. In addition, the final agreement includes contract language on bereavement leave (adding step and foster familiies to the list) and evaluation procedures. We also agreed to continue the current Grade Span Adjustment (GSA) agreement for the 2018-2019 school year for grades TK-3.
Joint Communication on November 15, 2017
RTA and the District negotiation teams met on October 30, 2017 to continue our discussions for the 2017-2018 school year. We spent the morning reviewing budget materials, including the unaudited actuals for the 2016-2017 school year.
The District has offered a one time bonus of 1% for the 2017-2018 and a 1% bonus for the 2018-2019 schools years while RTA is interested in making the 1% permanently part of the salary schedule.
The District is currently preparing the first interim budget for the 2017-2018 school year. The negotiation teams will meet again after the report has been presented to the Board of Education.
Joint Communication on May 30, 2017
The CSEA, RTA, and District negotiation teams wanted to send out a joint communication regarding potential insurance costs for the 2017-2018 school year.
The negotiation teams are waiting for the details of the May budget revision to be fully understood prior to continuing our discussions on employee compensation (including health and welfare contributions). As a result, we want to let our employees know that there is a possibility of significant increases in out of pocket costs for those who choose a plan that covers additional family members.
Kaiser rates will see a 9% increase while Anthem rates will increase by 7%. This could potentially lead to out of pocket increases of $200 - $250 per month for family plans. We have attached a summary sheet that illustrates the current rate structure when compared to potential rates next year.
The intent of our communications is to let all employees know that health insurance rates are increasing significantly next year and it will likely impact the out of pocket costs for our employees. We also want to avoid having employees change from on employee only plan to a +1 plan with the expectation that our current rates will be in place in 2017 - 2018.
Joint Communication on January 30, 2017
The RTA and District negotiation teams met on January 23, 2017. The meeting focused on providing information related to the proposed state budget for 2017-2018, class sizes, health and welfare benefits, teacher duty schedules, and the school calendar.
We also came to a conclusion on adding step and foster family members to the bereavement leave category. We will finalize language on this topic at our next meeting on February 13, 2017.
Joint Communication on December 12, 2016
The RTA and District negotiations team met on December 5, 2016 to begin the process of negotiations for the 2016-2017 school year. The meeting was scheduled to discuss the items that RTA presented as negotiation points this year. They include compensation, leaves of absence, class size, non-instructional teacher responsibilities, and the school calendar.
The team meets again on January 23, 2017.