2020-21 EP Negotiations


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April 14, 2021 - 20-21 Contract Negotiations: Session #3

BTU and the School District reached a tentative agreement on the 2020-21 salary reopener. (NOTE: See 4/16 clarification to first item in red)

  • Grandfathered teachers, and also including annual contract teachers who make above $47,500, will receive an additional .96% base salary increase on top of the 1.3% recurring base salary increase received in the fall as a result of the Teacher Allocation Fund, due to the District identifying additional available funds. This amounts to a 2.26% recurring base salary increase. 

  • Annual contract teachers have already received their recurring salary increase that moved them to a $47,500 base salary.

  • All EP unit members who were active on the first day of their work calendar and active at the ratification of the agreement will receive a one-time, non-recurring bonus of $1,500.

Please watch your email for details of when the ratification vote will occur. Bonus checks will be paid separately from your paycheck.

As a reminder, tax referendum monies have already been paid out for the 2020-21 school year and the distribution for the 2021-22 school year will be renegotiated.



March 02, 2021 -
20-21 Contract Negotiations: Session #2

At the second negotiations session between BTU and the District on Tuesday, March 2, it became crystal clear that Superintendent Runcie’s directive to his negotiators is to flat out reject any salary increases, chip away at union rights and disregard any attempts to ensure health and safety for employees.

Salary:
February 22: BTU proposed a five percent (5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2020.
March 02: The District spent quite a bit time explaining what a 1% increase would cost, before revealing they are offering 0%.

EP Article 7 Health and Safety:
February 22: BTU proposed 1) incorporating the MOU and CDC guidelines into contract to provide employee protections beyond June 30, 2021 and for any future pandemics, 2) a transparent, collaborative Interactive Health and Safety Dashboard, with access by bargaining unit and the public, and 3) a School safety Operation Joint Citizen’s Committee to promote transparency in the safe operation of schools and allocating funds to improve safety, student learning  and employee working conditions.
March 02: In a complete slap in the face to all employees, the District rejected the Health and Safety proposal completely!

EP Article 19 Professional Compensation:
February 22: BTU proposed changes to establish a 2 week reimbursement payment deadline for required workshops and training, mileage reimbursement, extra period supplements, and other extra payments.
March 02: The District rejected any deadline for certain state and federal programs, extra periods and special activities but offered a counter proposal of payment within 30 calendar days for the others.

New District EP Proposals (March 02)


EP Article 6 General Employment Practices:
  • The District proposed changing Article 6-F-4 in a way that would effectively eliminate the requirement of granting summer school priority to stewards.
  • The District proposed changing Article 6-I to remove the requirement of mutual agreement for certain reassignments.
  • The District proposed amending Article 6-O to require: “Grades will be entered by the teacher of record in a timely manner.”
  • The District proposed making changes to sections D and P to limit what stewards are allowed to do on steward release days. The proposal goes well beyond what is required by the law.
All units reserved the right to present additional proposals within collective bargaining guidelines.  The next session will be Wednesday, April 14, 2021 @ 4:00 PM at the KCW Board Room.


February 22, 2021 - 20-21 Contract Negotiations: Session #1

The session began 40 minutes late ironically because the District had a difficult time coordinating communications with the bargaining team members who were face to face and the bargaining team members who were remote to all be able to hear the proceedings at the same time.

Something new this year: The District hired an outside law firm, Gray Robinson, to represent them in the negotiations.

After an additional delay trying to reestablish communications for both F2F and Remote participants to be able to hear the proceedings again, the attorneys for the District presented “ground rules,” including “character traits” expected from all, and other statements considered unusual in negotiations proceedings.   Following heated discussion, BTU moved to reject the ground rules for now and move on to presentation of BTU’s proposal.

Education Professionals Proposal

Salary BTU’s Proposed a five percent (5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2020 that is in addition to that already provide by the Teacher Salary Increase Allocations Funds in Section 1011.62 (18), Florida Statutes.   The specific distribution and allocation are subject to further negotiations.

EP Article 7 Health and Safety, incorporates MOUs into contract adding requirement that CDC guidelines prevail if there are conflicts with future District policies.   It also calls for a transparent, collaborative Interactive Health and Safety Dashboard, with access by bargaining unit and the public.  In addition, it calls for  a School safety Operation Joint Citizen’s Committee to promote transparency in the safe operation of schools and allocating funds to improve safety, student learning  and employee working conditions.

EP Article 19 Professional Compensation,  established a 2 week payment deadline for required workshops and training, mileage reimbursement, extra period supplements, and other extra payments.


Education Support Professionals Proposal

Salary BTU s Proposed a five percent (5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2020.

ESP Article 5:   ESPs should be allowed to attend all scheduled IEP and 504 plan meetings of students they work with to give input and receive info needed in providing student services.

ESP Article  6: Asking for an additional 2 days during teaching planning for professional development which is essential to job performance and student achievement.

ESP Article 13: ESPs may request to be transferred to another school when there are vacancies for which they are qualified.

EP Article 19 Health and Safety, (similar to EP Article 7) incorporates MOUs into contract adding requirement that CDC guidelines prevail if there are conflicts with future District policies.   It also calls for a transparent, collaborative Interactive Health and Safety Dashboard, with access by bargaining unit and the public.  In addition, it calls for  a School safety Operation Joint Citizen’s Committee to promote transparency in the safe operation of schools and allocating funds to improve safety, student learning  and employee working conditions.


Technical  Support Professionals Proposal

Salary BTU s Proposed a five percent (5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2020.

TSP Article 7 Health and Safety, (similar to EP Article 7) incorporates MOUs into contract adding requirement that CDC guidelines prevail if there are conflicts with future District policies.   It also calls for a transparent, collaborative Interactive Health and Safety Dashboard, with access by bargaining unit and the public.  In addition, it calls for a School safety Operation Joint Citizen’s Committee to promote transparency in the safe operation of schools and allocating funds to improve safety, student learning and employee working conditions.


All units reserved the right to present additional proposals within collective bargaining guidelines.  The next session will be March 2nd at 4:30 pm at a location be determined.




September 29 - Return to Classrooms MOU Settled
After another lenghty meeting, the District and BTU reached agreement on the Memorandum regarding return to brick and mortar.

Here are the highlights of the agreement:

  • Work-from-home accommodations will be considered for those at the highest risk of contracting COVID19 or those who live with someone at high risk. 
  • Bargaining unit employees (EP and ESP) will be granted an additional 80 hours of COVID sick leave in addition to the 80 hours granted by the FFCRA Act.
  • PPE will be provided for all employees and additional PPE (including gowns, face shields, etc.) will be provided for those whose job requires close contact with students.
  • Socially distant seating of 6' apart in all classrooms and office settings will be required. 
  • Everyone must wear a mask on school board property, per School Board policy.
  • A full day and two half-days of “no touch” planning will be provided prior to arrival of students to buildings.
  • Teachers and ESPs are NOT REQUIRED to do any cleaning, although cleaning products will be available in all classrooms.
  • Air conditioning units will be turned on in time to reach optimal temperature and air flow by time of arrival.
  • Cameras external to the computer are NOT required and can only be used with teacher authorization.
  • District will pay for health insurance until employees reach Medicare eligibility age for anyone within 1.5 years of that age who retires.
  • The insurance waiting period for new employees will be reduced from 90 days to two weeks.
  • There will be no change to the contractual requirement for 30-minute duty free lunch.
  • An employee-to-employee leave donation will be established.
We encourage you to read the entire text of the MOU (link above) before casting your vote. On behalf of your negotiations team, we urge you to vote "yes" to ratify the MOU. Questions can be directed to any BTU field staff representative by calling 954-486-6250

VOTING information

The vote is open to all bargaining unit members regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 7 am on Sunday, Oct. 4 and ending at 5 pm on Monday, Oct. 5. If it passes, the School Board will ratify the tentative agreement at next Tuesday's School Board meeting (Oct. 6).

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Watch your Broward Schools email inbox for your ballot on Sunday morning, Oct. 4  beginning at 7 am. The ballot email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.comIn addition to your inbox, please check your spam, junk and clutter folders. 

Only after checking all folders, if you do not receive your ballot by noon on Sunday 
please send an email requesting a new ballot to communications@btuonline.com.

Voting results will be announced to the entire bargaining unit shortly after the close of voting.



September 21 - Return to Classrooms MOU
BTU presented their proposal for a safe return to classrooms.  After a lengthy caucus, the district returned with a counter proposal that revised many key components and led to a lengthy discussion attended by 1000 participants on Zoom and more than 2000 via Facebook Live.

Some of the disagreeements were resolved, but several significant items were not. These included the contractually guaranteed duty free lunch for teachers and the introduction of District cameras into classrooms.

Discussion will continue beginning at 3:30 on Thursday, Sept 24


September 4 - Session #2
BTU and the District reached a tentative agreement this afternoon that will provide all employees in the BTU-EP unit a salary increase. All referendum supplements are equal to or higher than last year except for the teachers who are getting the largest salary increases from the state statute.  All education professionals are getting an increase to base salary of at least 1.3% in addition to the referendum supplements. 

The tentative agreement consists of two Memos of Understanding, one detailing the distribution of referendum funds and the other the funds provided by the State of Florida through the passage of House Bill 641, which raised all teachers’ pay to at least $47,500. 

Referendum money distribution

  • Referendum funds will be distributed to teachers on the grandfathered scale in accordance with this chart
  • Pay for Performance teachers will receive their referendum supplements in accordance with this chart
  • NOTE: New hires do not qualify for referendum supplement.

Raises

  • The base salary for all teachers who are making less than the new state minimum salary—$47,500—will automatically be brought up at least to the new minimum in accordance with the statute. 
  • Monies remaining from what the state provided will enable a 1.3 percent base salary increase to all other education professionals. 

Click here for a chart summarizing the increases for all EPs  

Read the entire tentative agreement for referendum supplements here.

Read the entire tentative agreement for salary increases as a result of HB 641.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

Ratification Voting

All bargaining unit members will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement Tuesday through Wednesday of next week. Questions can be directed to any BTU field staff representative by calling 954-486-6250. 

The vote is open to all members of the bargaining units regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 7 am on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and ending at 5 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 9. If the agreement passes, the school board will ratify the tentative agreement at a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10. Base salary adjustments are retroactive to July 1, 2020. The supplements will be paid out in equal installments per pay period.

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Watch your Broward Schools email inbox, or the primary email address you have on file in the ESS system, for your ballot on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8 beginning at 7 am. The email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com.

If you do not receive your ballot by noon that day please send an email requesting a new ballot to communications@btuonline.com. Voting results will be announced to the entire bargaining unit shortly after the close of voting.


August 27 - Session #1

The BCPS and BTU negotiations teams met virtually to negotiate the
2020-2021 distribution of referendum funds and the distribution of the state funding provided for in House Bill 641.  The District presented the first proposal and BTU offered a counter proposal.  The District negotiators indicated they are meeting with the School Board in a closed session to discuss compensation on Tuesday, Sept. 1. 

The parties agreed to return to the (virtual) bargaining table later next week.

 

 













EP Negotiations


Negotiations Schedule

Monday, Feb 22
4:30 pm @ KCW Board Room

Tuesday, March 2
4:30 pm @ BECON

Wednesday, April 14
4:00 pm @ KCW Board Room