1/26/17: City offer rejected 2:1 by members responding to survey
With an increase in student funding for the 2016/2017 school year, the City of Pembroke Pines had an opportunity to reimburse teachers for HUGE financial losses suffered by teachers in 2012 when Charter teachers accepted large wage cuts to save the Charter system from privatization due to funding issues claimed by city officials. For many teachers these losses were $5000 or more. Salaries have only been increased ONCE since then by an average of only $1000. In addition, there have been NO cost of living increases.
Being realistic the CSP negotiations team asked for only half of the increase in funding to be shared with teachers. This equates to $3000 for grandfathered teachers, $3750 for highly effective paid for performance teachers, $2812 for effective paid for performance teachers, and $1785 for grandfathered teachers at the top of the pay scale.
However, the City of Pembroke Pines countered with a "last and final offer" of only a $1000 salary increase for grandfathered teachers, $1250 for highly effective paid for performance teachers, $937 for effective paid for performance teachers, and a one-time $500 bonus for grandfathered teachers at the top of the pay scale. Their offer was not presented in writing and was not open for negotiations at the table. As we all know this is NOT fair bargaining!!
City representatives claim their budget fell due to costs associated with building maintenance. In addition they chose to make improvements to school related facilities to improve the equity of their investment in property.
We question how this improves student learning. Meanwhile we are losing good teachers who are leaving the profession so they can support their families.
Charter teachers were surveyed asking if they wanted to accept the city's offer or return to the bargaining table to pursue fair salaries with the understanding that an impasse and arbitration is a possibility. Considerably more than half of our teachers responded to the survey and the results were 2:1 in favor of returning to the bargaining table to help our teachers.
The City of Pembroke Pines had agreed to meet our CSP negotiations team on January 31st, but the meeting has been postponed.
12/10/16: Awaiting our second meeting
Our Pines Charter negotiations team is awaiting our second meeting with representatives from the City of Pembroke Pines regarding our 2016-2017 contract. We are anticipating a change to our salary schedule for this year that will help teachers recover from major pay cuts dating back to 2012. Our team has presented the City of Pembroke Pines with a very reasonable proposal to improve teacher wages.
In addition, our BTU, with assistance from the FEA, is currently researching budget limitations that Pembroke Pines claims is restricting their ability to properly compensate Charter teachers for their devoted service, thus allowing teachers to keep up with the ever increasing cost of living in South Florida. Hopefully we will be sitting down at the table soon