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Labor Negotiations: 2012–13 Bargaining Update Archive

Current Information:

Current Teachers’ Association Update
Current Classified Association Update

Current Administrators’ Association Update  

Current Labor Agreements

Schedule of Bargaining Sessions: EEA / OSEA

 

Because 4J’s mission is teaching and learning, most of its costs are in educators: Staff salaries and benefits account for more than 85% of the general fund operating budget. The district is grateful that all 4J employee groups have agreed to share in sacrifices over the past few years to help retain jobs and stabilize class sizes.

 


June 6, 2012 – OSEA Bargaining Update:

District and Classified Employees Reach Compensation Agreement

Classified staff to give up cost-of-living increase, take unpaid furlough days

The Eugene School District has reached a compensation agreement with its classified employees’ union that will help reduce costs and preserve jobs in 2012–13. 4J’s classified employees such as custodians, bus drivers, school secretaries and classroom instructional assistants are represented by the Oregon School Employees’ Association (OSEA).

The agreement mirrors compensation concessions included in a cost-saving deal struck with the teachers’ union in April. The terms of the agreement will be effective July 1.

It will be the fourth consecutive year that 4J employees have made compensation concessions to help the district weather the economic downturn.

The terms of the agreement include:

  • Salary scale freeze: No cost-of-living increases.
  • Unpaid furlough days: Five fewer paid work days, in addition to the non-instructional day cut on an ongoing basis last year. Two of the furlough days will be non-instructional days; three will be school days. Students will be in school for the same number of days as this year.

As in the past, the 4J and OSEA bargaining teams followed a collaborative, problem-solving, interest-based process with the assistance of a facilitator. The agreement has been ratified by the union’s membership and unanimously approved by the Eugene School Board.

“We are grateful to our valued classified staff for agreeing to give up compensation once again,” said Christine Nesbit, Associate Director of Human Resources. “Our employees care intensely about doing what’s best for kids and the community. Their continued willingness to share the sacrifice has helped us to balance next year’s budget without deep impacts to the classroom.”

Having made cost-saving agreements with teachers and classified staff, the district has scheduled discussions with the administrators’ association that are expected to result in comparable compensation concessions.

 


 

May–June 2012: EEA Update

High School Common Schedule Impact Bargaining

4J is moving toward a common schedule for all high schools to be more equitable and increase opportunities for both students and teachers. Once implemented, each of the district’s comprehensive high schools will have three trimesters per year and five 70-minute class periods per day.

The common schedule is expected to:
  • address existing inequities in instructional minutes provided to students
  • decrease class sizes at every high school
  • decrease overall student loads for the majority of high school teachers
  • decrease the number of course preparations
  • increase operational efficiency
  • increase learning opportunities for high school students

Decision: The 3×5 trimester schedule was recommended by a staff work group composed of teachers, counselors and administrators from every high school. After seeking public input from teachers, staff, parents and students, the school board concurred with the work group’s recommendation and directed district administrators this spring to plan to implement the 3×5 schedule at all schools by 2013–14.

Rollout: Churchill’s teachers, administrators and site council have been studying schedule options and preparing for a schedule change for some years, so the school is ready to implement the new schedule this fall. Sheldon, North Eugene and South Eugene intend to make the change at the start of 2013–14.

Planning & PD: The district will support teachers through the schedule transition by providing time for planning and professional development. Teachers at affected schools will have 4–5 days for relevant professional development and curriculum realignment; these days will consist of a combination of extended contract days, release time, and time previously set aside for professional development. High school counselors and staff who are responsible for scheduling classes for special education students also will be provided with extra paid work days to support the transition.

Advisory: The district intends to convene a focus group of teachers that will work collaboratively to make a recommendation on advisory courses in 2012–13.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about the high school common schedule

 

Impact Bargaining:
District’s Final Offer (implemented)


 

April 11, 2012 – EEA Bargaining Update:

4J, Teachers’ Association Reach Compensation Agreement for 2012–13

Pay agreement and furlough days will help achieve cost savings

The Eugene School District and the Eugene Education Association have reached a compensation agreement that will help reduce costs and preserve jobs in 2012–13.

It will be the fourth consecutive year that 4J employees have made compensation concessions to help the district weather the economic downturn.

The terms of the agreement include:

  • Salary scale freeze: No cost-of-living increases (0% COLA).
  • Unpaid furlough days: Five fewer paid work days, in addition to the non-instructional day cut on an ongoing basis last year. Two of the furlough days will be non-instructional days. Three will be school days, unless schools are closed earlier in the year due to hazardous weather, in which case the weather days will be deemed furlough days instead.
  • One-time payment to teachers not eligible for step increases, paid as part of their monthly salary.
  • Health insurance increase: The district’s insurance contribution will increase by $25 to $1,125 per member per month.
  • Transfers of up to $500,000 from the licensed insurance reserve fund to fund the one-time payment and initial implementation of the health insurance increase.

The 4J and EEA bargaining teams met in closed session on April 2 to negotiate the agreement, following informal conversations initiated by the union. The agreement was ratified by the union’s membership and approved by the Eugene School Board in separate votes on April 11.

“We’re grateful to our teachers and licensed professionals for agreeing to sacrifice compensation for the fourth year in a row,” said Christine Nesbit, Associate Director of Human Resources. “Clearly, our teachers understand the financial context we are in, and that what is needed most at this time is stability in class sizes. This agreement will help the district stabilize staffing and class sizes, to the direct benefit of our students.”

The agreement covers teachers and other licensed professionals, such as counselors and librarians. The terms of the agreement will be effective July 1.