Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 30th Negotiations Session

On Tuesday, June 30th, the AHEM negotiations team met with the district team for approximately 1.5 hours. The district presented their initial economic proposal, including salaries and benefits. The district team also commented on AHEM's response to the district's language items.

In the last week, we have received a few questions from members regarding the content of the initial economic proposal that AHEM made a couple of weeks ago. The AHEM negotiations team spent many hours crafting an initial proposal that reflected the priorities identified by our members as a whole on the negotiations survey earlier this year. Those member priorities included maintaining health and dental insurance and step and lane movement, balancing those priorities with significant savings that would maintain teacher positions.

The initial AHEM economic proposal was reasonable, affordable, well thought-out and fair to all of our members. Our initial proposal, if accepted by the district, would result in minimal teacher job cuts in the 2010-11 school year, as long as all other employee groups, including administrators, agree to carry their fair share of the budget deficit over the two-year period, and the school board moves to "right size" our buildings to reflect current enrollment.

Our next bargaining session with the district will be Friday, July 10 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The district team has stated that they will bring specific contract language proposals for us to review. AHEM plans to make additional comments on some of the district's contract language proposals. Please check after July 10 for the next update.

Your negotiators,

-Paul, Sandy, Vicki, LeMoyne, David, Gary, and Julie