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 â€œSafety and Healthâ€ language to help further protect all SRP in their positions.Â Our bargaining team is reviewing the counter for our response.
Another major development came with the District passing its first â€œEconomic Proposalâ€ for this year and it was centered on the Districtâ€™s insistence on creating a new schedule for all secondary classroom teachersÂ – the â€œ6 of 6â€ 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 â€œequitableâ€ 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!