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USEP Teams to Return to the Bargaining Table

Since last week’s bargaining session, the USEP bargaining teams (Instructional and SRP) have discussed and clarified several important questions that allow us to return to the bargaining table Wednesday evening (December 10th) with high hopes of settling this year’s contracts! The USEP teams did not reject the District’s last offer but simply needed additional time

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Bargaining Update: Close, But…

Last night USEP instructional and SRP negotiating teams showed solidarity when refusing to sign off on the District’s “Best and Final” proposal. The evening began with USEP teams passing proposals in response to District proposals passed before Thanksgiving break. The District countered with what is termed their “Best and Final” proposal, which includes the elimination

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No Agreement Following Recent District Proposal 

Last night the District Bargaining proposal still sought to eliminate the Early Retirement Plan, moving from 2-1/2 years to 3 years.  This offer came despite the comments of dozens of teachers and SRP who attended Tuesday’s School Board meeting to speak against excessive state mandated testing as well as the District’s proposal to eliminate the

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Know What’s On the Table Bargaining Meeting

If you have been monitoring contract negotiations, you know that USEP passed our initial economic proposals earlier this month. The Board’s counter-proposal was presented as “a package” that included a move to eliminate employees’ Early Retirement Monthly Benefit. Since then, USEP has been inundated with calls of concern and confusion related specifically to this benefit. To help answer

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Bargaining Update: Initial Economic Proposal

USEP and District instructional bargaining teams met again last night and the Union passed our initial “Economic Proposal” . The USEP proposal incorporated components, now required by state law (Senate Bill 736), that requires teachers on Annual Contracts to be compensated on a performance pay basis and allows for teachers with Professional Service (PSC) or

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Bargaining Update: Protected Individual Planning Time Increased

USEP and the District reached a tentative agreement last night on two significant pieces of contract terms.  The District agreed to the Union’s proposal and planning time by agreeing to increase overall and individual planning time for teachers by 50 minutes each week.  This means teachers will have 300 overall minutes of planning each week

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What is this Early Retirement Benefit the District Wants to Take Away?

The District has made it clear it wants to eliminate the negotiated Early Retirement Benefit for current employees, not those who are already retired and receiving the benefit. Years ago USEP negotiated the early retirement benefit to help reduce the penalty FRS imposes for employees who have not reached age 62 or who have 30

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District at Loggerheads Over Negotiations, Priorities Don’t Match Up!

On Tuesday, September 02, USEP and District leaders to discuss this year’s priorities in this year’s contract negotiations.   The meeting did not bring the sides closer to a speedy agreement. The District continues to seek restrictions and limitations driving their push to teacher transfers, elimination of tobacco use on district properties, eliminating the Early Retirement benefit,

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