This week the District andÂ USEP bargaining teams returned to the tableÂ over economics.Â Â The instructional team also sought to finalize changes to the teacher evaluation process mandated under SB-736.Â A major development was the District abandoning its insistence on employee furloughs.
USEP waited to begin financial discussions until the new superintendent had time to review the Districtâ€™s revenues and expenses.Â Â This yearâ€™s District budget included two employee furlough days, soÂ furlough discussions took center stage. USEP stated that furloughs were unacceptableÂ and proposed a one-time flat retention supplementÂ for those employees who have been employed for at least one year: 38 cents per hour for SRP and $750 for teachers.
At the bargaining table, the Districtâ€™s chief negotiator stated that Superintendent Browning identifiedÂ enough savings to take furloughs off the table.Â Â Some of these savings resulted from the union and district agreeing to stop insurance coverage on August 31stÂ for employees who resign at the end of the school year and to no longer allow new hires to bring in accumulated sick leave from other districts.
WhileÂ the District negotiation team gave no indication that they would agree to salary increases, but the USEP teams reminded them that the Stateâ€™s financial picture is improving and experiencing a surplus.