Schools, employees set to vote on contract
Just two months ago it appeared the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District would be starting the fall at an impasse with both of its employee unions.
Now, it appears that TTUSD will have settled with both, as the district’s classified employees could have a long-awaited contract for the 2001-02 school year as early as next week.
At a special meeting on July 22, the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter #383, voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a tentative agreement that had been reached between union and district negotiators.
“We had 56 members vote yes and 10 vote no,” said CSEA President Ricci Fisher. “About one-third of our members voted, but that’s about average for these things.”
All that remains now is formal approval by the district’s board of directors, which is expected to take place at a meeting on July 31.
The tentative agreement calls for: a one-time, off-schedule bonus equal to 2.36 percent of his/her 2001/02 annual base salary, a $24.10 per month increase in the health benefits cap and implementation of the district’s job study, which would mean reclassification, revision of job descriptions and implementation of a new 10-step salary schedule.
“I myself, as well as other members of the negotiating team feel that we’ve stretched this [agreement] and the district as far as it can go,” Fisher told union members at a recent meeting. “I feel that this is a fair offer considering the financial situation that the district is looking at.”
This was the second tentative agreement brought before CSEA members. The first was voted down earlier this summer because it failed to include the off-schedule bonus or increase in the benefits cap that the teacher’s union had received when it settled with TTUSD in June.
TTUSD Superintendent Pat Gemma said he also feels good about the agreement.
“I’m especially pleased that we will be implementing the results of the job study,” Gemma said. “A lot of district’s go through the process and spend money for the study, but never do anything with it. By doing this, it moves our district forward towards its goal of giving our employee groups the same or above what other comparable district’s provide.”
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