SRP Bargaining Update
for the Week of 9/23/2019
After a long hiatus, the USEP and District bargaining teams reconvened on Wednesday, September 18th, to resume contract negotiations for this current school year. The District passed a counter proposal to us concerning our “Safety and Health” language to help further protect all SRP in their positions. Our bargaining team is reviewing the counter for our response.
Another major development came with the District passing its first “Economic Proposal” for this year and it was centered on the District’s insistence on creating a new schedule for all secondary classroom teachers – the “6 of 6” plan as it has come to be known. Don Peace, the USEP President, formally advised the School Board and Superintendent Browning that after 2 months of hearing from our secondary teachers via phone calls, emails and 2 surveys, USEP could not support increasing the daily workload on one group of employees to raise money for everyone. This approach did not and does not seem “equitable” to our members and all secondary teachers and Mr. Peace expressed this very clearly to the Board and Superintendent at the September 10th Board meeting. However, the Board/Superintendent still decided to pass a proposal with very scant details about implementing this new schedule and their proposed salary increases over a 2-year period were totally dependent on USEP acquiescing to this schedule.
USEP and our teams will now discuss next steps in this ever-changing bargaining process and will keep you all informed. Membership in USEP is critical as we continue to represent and protect all members from increased duties and responsibilities!