Monday, September 30, 2013

Side by Side of Current Proposals

Here is an update on where we are in bargaining so far. Below is a summary of what is currently on the table from each side. For more details, you can browse previous posts. Hope to see you at our next bargaining session Wednesday, October 2nd, 4:45 pm, at the AHEM Office!

AHEM Proposal
District Proposal
Salary Schedule
·       Step and lane movement both years
·       2.5% increase on all cells both years
·       Place ABE/ECFE teachers on the salary schedule with a 2.5% raise
·       Step and lane movement both years
·       1% increase on career steps the first year, 1.5% increase the second year
·       For ABE/ECFE teachers, first year increase the top step only by 1.5%; second year increase all steps by 1%, except for the top step which would increase by 1.5%
Health Insurance
·       100% district contribution to Medica Choice Single plan (same as current)
·       Increase district contribution amount to the equivalent of 70% of the Elect/Essential Family plan
·       Freeze current district contribution rates at this year’s amounts. If there are future increases in premiums, members would pick up entire increase
Leadership Pay
·       Create a Leadership Pay Task Force to review ESA/Coaching/Leadership pay systems and make proposals we can use in the next round of bargaining
·       Increase pay for all ESA, Coaching, and Leadership positions by 2.5%
·       Eliminate pay levels E and F, and move all those positions to level D
·       Addition of some new positions
·       Addition of some new positions
·       No increase to ESA, Leadership, or Coaching positions
·       Eliminate Level F and move those positions to Level E, and increase the pay for Level D.
·       Define Planning Time in the contract as unstructured, continuous time during Work Shop Week and at the end of trimesters
·       Add three planning days
·       Designate ten hours of conference time as Family Communication time to be used at teachers’ discretion
·       Offer six days of work time for special education teachers to complete due process paperwork during the year, with substitutes relief if needed
·       Eliminate all extra duties for traveling teachers
·       Cap the number of elementary specialist sections at 42 half hour blocks (or 21 hour blocks) per week
Other Language Items
·       Eliminate Sub Deduct Days
·       Increase the number of personal days from three to four
·       Create Substitute Leave where time off can be earned by subbing for colleagues during prep time
·       Include grandchildren as family members for whose care leaves can be used
·       Extend parental leave to mothers
·       Add tech specialists at program sites as we do at elementary schools
·       Add pay for members of the Staff Development Committee at Level C
·       Change the name of the Math Club to the more accurate Math Team.
·       Create a “monitor” position with a stipend of $500 for online classes at the new StepAhead virtual school
·       Responded to our Substitute Leave idea with some modifications
·       Editorial changes regarding buy back language and site names
·       Editorial changes to bring us into compliance with the new marriage equality law