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Bargaining Updates June 5, 2020
Your Bargaining Team
The members are appointed by the CEA President, then each member is confirmed with a vote from the CEA Executive Board. CEA has a diverse membership with many different job positions/descriptions, needs, and concerns. As your bargaining representatives, we always endeavor to represent and support all our members' interests. Our team is comprised of teachers who are actively teaching. The team of 5 always includes: Elementary Teachers (both a primary and an upper grade), Middle School Teachers, and a Special Education Teacher.
What is an MOU?
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities. An MOU is the same as a letter of intent. An MOU is often the first stage in the formation of a formal contract, or for language to be added to an existing contract. MOUs are particularly used for a negotiated agreement needed for a specific situation which will last for a short time period and does not require formal long term inclusion in an existing contract.,
CEA and CUSD MOU Process
MOUs are negotiated between the CEA and CUSD bargaining teams as a part of our negotiations process. Occasionally the CEA President will negotiate and/or sign off on an MOU, but this is always done with the input and approval of the CEA bargaining team and CEA Executive Board. Those MOUs fall under the following circumstances: 1) A renewal of a current MOU that was previously negotiated by the bargaining team which just requires a signature and has no language changes; 2) An MOU that covers a specific issue and small segment of our membership who the President has met with and discussed their concerns and needs (for example the coaching stipend MOU). The Emergency MOU for Distance Learning earlier this year was negotiated by Kai; however, there was input from the CEA bargaining team, and final approval by the CEA Executive Board. As with all negotiations, we are not always able to achieve all of our interests and the final document is some form of compromise between CEA and CUSD interests.
Reopening of Schools 2020-21 MOU Process
Although negotiations were completed for the year, given the impacts of the corona virus on our contractual working conditions and teaching hours, the bargaining team began formal negotiations with CUSD again on May 21. We have been meeting weekly, and will continue to meet after school ends to negotiate an MOU for the 2020-21 school year.
Since late April, our team lead has been working with Stacy McAfee and Kai to discuss negotiating 2020-21 reopening of schools. There were, and still are, many unknowns, but we agreed to start by ensuring all our members’ concerns and ideas were a part of that process. We agreed to create an advisory team with a FAC member from each site gathering input from their members, a joint advisory team with the 3 union presidents and CUSD administration represented, and as a final decision making phase, our normal CEA-CUSD negotiation teams. All teams are meeting concurrently. Once established, we realized there wasn’t enough special education members represented on the FAC Advisory Team, and have since started a similar input process directly with those members through their all-staff meetings.
We really appreciate the thoughtful input from all of our members during this process. The CUSD Executive Council presented the advisory teams’ input and the 4 phases strategy we have developed to the School Board last night. The School Board will make their decision on what phase of reopening/distance learning we will use to begin 2020-21 within the next couple of weeks. Once we get that decision, CEA will send out a survey to all our members as an additional, anonymous method of collecting concerns and ideas based on the specific phase of reopening in August. Our bargaining team will use those survey responses, and the FAC/Special Ed responses, as we negotiate over the summer for the MOU to start 2020-21. When it is signed, CEA and CUSD will send out a joint notice and copy of the MOU. Both teams want to get an agreement out to all members as soon as possible and will work hard to accomplish this so you can plan accordingly for next year.
New Contract Status
Posting of the new contract with the inclusion of the TAs that were approved by our members earlier this year has been delayed due to the corona virus emergency and closure of school. The contract language has been updated and our team is reviewing and proofreading it prior to release. It will be posted on the CEA and CUSD website within the next couple of weeks.
Additional and Ongoing Collaborative Planning Process: Joint Leadership Committee
Although the Joint Leadership Committee is included under the Negotiations Process section of our contract, the JLC has never been, and is not going to become, a committee that includes actual negotiations. It is a method to address non-negotiable concerns, like curriculum requirements. New contract language added this year has changed it from just a reactive problem solving committee. It is now a proactive, collaborative, planning committee, by including CEA input during the planning and implementation of district programs. Membership of the team for CEA has been changed to address this proactive collaborative process. Our ongoing representatives will be the CEA President and Bargaining Lead. The other two members present at each meeting during the year (4 meetings) will be based on the agenda and the expertise of our members to address and provide input during the planning of CUSD programs.
Thank you for your support,
CEA Bargaining Team: Kate Lee, Winnie Jiang, Stacy Smith, Joyce Fisher, Marc Kulla
Negotiations Objectives 2018-19
2018-19 is the final year of our 3 year (which included an additional one year extension) contract. We need to finish negotiations on 2 articles that were reopened for 2017-18 which the CEA and CUSD negotiation teams did not have time to complete before the end of the school year. Here is a prioritized list of the CEA bargaining team's objectives for this school year.
- Complete negotiations from 2017-18 Article 7 (Class Size & Special Education) and Article 12 (Teaching Hours, Adjunct Duty)
- Continue Health & Welfare Joint Negotiations for 2017-18 to research and potentially approve new health plans to address rising costs of our current plans.
- Survey members about priorities of articles and issues to negotiate when we reopen the new contract.
- Reopen and begin negotiations on the new CEA contract 2019-2022.
2017-18 Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)
Below is a list of the MOUs and Tentative Agreements that the CEA Bargaining Team signed with CUSD during our negotiations in 2017-18. There is also a timeline of our bargaining meetings and PDFs of joint communications released through the year.
What is an MOU?
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities. An MOU is often the first stage in the formation of a formal contract.
MOUs are not legally binding but are viewed as serious documents by the law. In the United States, an MOU is the same as a letter of intent, which is a non-binding agreement stating a binding agreement will soon follow.
An MOU is a document that expresses mutual accord on an issue between two or more parties.
Memoranda of understanding are generally recognized as binding, even if no legal claim could be based on the rights and obligations laid down in them. To be legally operative, a memorandum of understanding must (1) identify the contracting parties, (2) spell out the subject matter of the agreement and its objectives, (3) summarize the essential terms of the agreement, and (4) must be signed by the contracting parties. Also called letter of intent.
2017-18 New MOUs (Click on the following headings to view the MOU)
2017-18 MOU Renewals With Additional Language
CUSD agreed to an approximate 1% salary increase through a 2 day reduction of the work year without a decrease in salary. These days will be taken as non-work days on 2 of the contractual 4 Staff Learning Days . The previously designated Learning Days of October 16 and May 18 are this year's designated MOU non-work days. This MOU language is being added to the current contract and will extend for the length of the contract, through 2018-19.
The MOU for 2016-17 that provided release days for primary teachers was continued and updated. The new language provides an additional day for 1st grade teachers (3 total), specifies that the additional (4th) day for Kindergarten teachers is for pre-assessment of incoming students, and requires teachers to assess students who need to be tested each trimester (which is based on variety of parameters for each grade level) to Instructional Level instead of to benchmarks as previously required. CEA has been working with the district over the summer to establish reasonable best practice guidelines for Rigby requirements. These new EAT Guidelines were emailed by the district on August 7. The individual grade level EAT Guidelines will be sent shortly after that. For a detailed explanation and timeline of the changes to the Rigby requirements, read more...
The 2016-17 MOU was continued for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Language was added to specify the 4 release days must taken in minimums of half days.
CUSD agreed to provide 50% of the salary for the CEA President's full time position and continue to provide full benefits. The MOU is in effect for 2017-18 and 2018-19.
You can also view the MOU's in the folder below.
2017-18 Tentative Agreements
What is a Tentative Agreement?
An agreement reached in collective bargaining negotiations between a school district (CUSD) and union representatives (CEA), is called a Tentative Agreement or T.A. because it is not put into effect until each side (CUSD School Board and CEA membership) has ratified (or voted to approve) it.
2017-18 Tentative Agreements
CEA members ratified our 2017-18 all Tentative Agreements (agreed upon contract changes) that had been negotiated by June of 2018. These are now being added to the current contract in a PDF format which can be found on this website and on the CUSD website once the final revisions and edits are approved by the two teams. When we conclude negotiations for Articles 7 & 12 from our 2017-18 re-openers, CEA will have another membership vote for ratification of those TAs. If they are approved by the membership, they will be added to the contract in a new PDF on the websites, and a printed copy of the contract with all 2017-18 ratified changes will be provided to sites.
You can view all tentative agreements and MOUs from 2016-2018 in the folder below. The 2016-17 Negotiations Slideshow is also included.
Negotiations TIMELINE 2018-19
August 21, 2018: CEA-CUSD Negotiations
- CEA shared and clarified interests for Article 7 (Class Size & Special Education) and Article 12 (Teaching Hours, Adjunct Duty)
September 10, 2018: Cancelled by district due to scheduling conflict. CEA bargaining team still met for a planning day.
September 26, 2018: Cancelled by district due to scheduling conflict.
September 20, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
October 5, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
October 11, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
October 27, 2018: CEA-CUSD Negotiations
October 25, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
October 30, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
November 2, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
November 27, 2018: CEA-CUSD Negotiations
December 13, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations
December 18, 2018: Health and Welfare Joint (CEA, CSEA, SEIU, and CUSD) Negotiations