2019-20 EP Negotiations

Contract Ratification Voting

Please read the full text of the tentative agreements listed in green box to the right prior to casting your vote.

April 8

WHAT A “YES” VOTE MEANS

    • A 2% increase to the salary pot with the following distribution:

      • Teachers on Grandfathered Salary Schedule:
        • 2.37% increase to levels B-R,
        • $950 increase for level S
        • $713 increase for levels T & U.  

      • Teachers on Pay for Performance Salary Schedule:
        2.38% for Highly Effective
        1.78% for Effective. 

    • Base salary increases are retroactive to July 1, 2019

    • Language that provides the maximum protection that is currently allowed by state law for reappointment of annual contracts.

    • Bonuses for all qualifying BTU EPs who have not yet received a Best and Brightest bonus and for Pre-K and Adult Education EPs who were left out of the Best and Brightest state program.

 
WHAT A “NO” VOTE MEANS

  • The School Board voted on March 10, 2020, to impose a 2% increase to the salary pot. If the BTU EP bargaining unit rejects the School Board’s conclusion, the School Board’s unilateral decision will still be imposed and will become part of the EP CBA.

  • We could lose some of the gains that have been negotiated, like retroactivity of salary increases to July 1, 2019 and annual contract language.



April 3
- Election Info

Due to school closures, this year's 2019-2020 contract ratification voting will take place electronically from April 13 through 15.

You will be voting on your 2019-2020 raise, which will be retroactive to the first day of the 2019-20 school year if approved, Memorandums of Understanding regarding distribution of the Best and Brightest bonus, a Pre-K bonus and an Adult Education bonus as well changes to annual contract language.

You should review the tentative agreements (see green box) prior to the ratification vote. Specific details about voting process will be mailed to you.

NOTE: The referendum distribution for next year is not part of this ratification.



Impasse Ends
BOARD VOTES FOR 2% RAISE

March 10

In front of a packed house at the Plantation High School Auditorium, BTU presented its case to the school board listing reasons to jusitfy the raise and offering suggestions where in the District's budget money could be found to support it. The District then countered with their version leading to the decision by the board.

Much discussion followed and just after Midnight, the board voted to award the Education Professional (teachers) an overall raise of 2% to be broken down in accordance with state mandated awards for employees on the pay for performance and grandfathered scales.

Turning down BTU's proposal and voting "FOR" the 2% increase retroactive to the beginning of the school year were board members Ann Murray, Patti Good, Heather Brinkworth, Laurie Rich Levinson, Donna Korn, and Rosalind Osgood.

Voting "AGAINST" the 2% proposal, in hopes of proposing something better, were board members Lori Alhadeff, Robin Bartleman, and Nora Rupert.

The next step will be ratification by the bargaining unit.
January 30, 2020

Best and Brightest Recognition Distribution MOU


Prior to the start of today’s Negotiations Session, agreement was reached on a non-contract item, a Memorandum of Understanding about the Distribution of the State of Florida’s Best and Brightest Recognition Awards.

The proposed distributions are:
  • All currently active K-12 teachers with a 2018-19 overall evaluation of Highly Effective, who did not receive the Retention Award, will receive a one-time payment of $1200.

  • All currently active K-12 teachers with a 2018-19 overall evaluation of Effective, who did not receive the Retention Award, will receive a one-time payment of $1000.

  • All currently active ESP’s with a 2018-19 overall evaluation of Satisfactory or higher will receive a one-time payment of $570.

A ratification vote will be held. Following ratification by the Union and approval by the Board, the amounts listed above will be distributed.



01/30/20 EP Negotiations

While we are still at impasse, we have not given up on trying to reach a fair resolution with the District. In good faith, the BTU agreed to meet with the District and hear its proposals. Three items were discussed.

PROPOSED: 
Article 18 (C)(2) Reemployment of Annual Contract Employees

The District offered a proposal aimed at conforming to changes in state law regarding annual contract employees.  BTU offered a streamlined counter proposal.

PROPOSED:  Salary Counter Proposal 19-20
In the last bargaining session before impasse, the District countered BTU’s 5% proposal with a meager 1.5%. Today the District’s counter proposal was 2%, which is still woefully inadequate—we remain at impasse.

INFORMATION ONLY: Additional Referendum 19-20
Due to better than expected tax collections, there are approximately $4.4 million in additional available referendum supplements. This is not a negotiated item as the funds will be added to referendum supplements that were already negotiated last year.

We are scheduled to go before the special magistrate on February 24, 2020.




Session #3 Scheduled for January 30


While BTU continues to invoke the legal impasse process, and is moving forward to resolution in front of a magistrate and ultimately the school board, we have not given up on trying to reach a fair settlement with District negotiators.

To that end, BTU and District negotiations teams will meet Thursday, January 30, 2020. The session will begin at 10 a.m. at BTU (6000 University Drive, Tamarac)





BTU Declared Impasse
DISTRICT FINANCIAL INFORMATION NOT TRUSTED

December 12 - Session #2 - Impasse Declared

The Broward Teachers Union has just declared an impasse in teacher contract negotiations with the Broward School District. Teachers are negotiating for hard-earned pay increases for the current school year (which is already half over).

BTU no longer trusts the financial information from district officials. The information is late, incomplete and misleading. The district’s 1.5% salary increase offer is wholly inadequate and does not respect the exceptional work teachers do every day in the classroom. On top of this, the district is not being straightforward with their finances.

In September, BTU proposed raises ranging from about 3.5% to 5% (with actual increases dependent on years of service and evaluations scores). The district had not responded to this offer for months.

The impasse procedure is governed by Florida Law F.S. Chapter 447.

District officials are supposed to be good stewards of public school finances. The district has let us down with such lack of transparency.

Please watch your email for communication of next steps.


December 05 - Session #2 POSTPONED

The District asked to postpone this session due to a family emergency on the Distict's team. It has been rescheduled for December 12.


October 11 - Session #2 CANCELLED

The District cancelled this session. It will be rescheduled at a time and date TBA.

September 25 - Session #1

Negotiations opened between the Broward Teachers Union and the District for 2019-20, beginning with the Education Professionals bargaining unit.

After introductions, the District proposed standard ground rules for negotiations sessions, which were accepted by both parties.

BTU PROPOSES SALARY INCREASES FOR 2019-2020
The BTU negotiations team proposed a 5% salary increase for the 2019-20 school year for teachers on Levels B-R on the grandfathered scale, with a $2000 increase for Level S and a $1500 increase for Levels T-U .  For pay for performance teachers, the proposal calls for Highly Effective teachers to receive a 5.01% increase and Effective toreceive 3.75% (state statute mandates teachers rated Effective cannot receive an increase more than 75% of what teachers rated Highly Effective receive).

BEST AND BRIGHTEST
In addition to salary increases, BTU proposed that Best and Brightest bonus funds remaining after state-mandated teacher retention awards (per Florida Statutes, Section 1011.62(18) ) have been allocated must be negotiated between the District and the Union.

2020 INSURANCE
Previous to the opening of negotiations, the District already agreed to BTU’s demands that the District would continue to pay 100% of employee insurance premiums for 2020.

NEXT
The District team will take BTU’s  proposals to the Board for their direction prior to the next negotiations session, which will be October 11th at 11 am at a location to be determined.

 

 













EP Negotiations

Tentative EP Agreements
            for 2019-20

Article 18-C-2
   (Reemployment of Annual Contract)

Appendix E (Salary)
   (Page 1 Grandfathered Salary Schedule
    Page 1-2 Pay for Performance)           

Memo of Understanding
   (Best and Brightest MOU)

Memo of Understanding
   (Best and Brightest Pre-K)

Memo of Understanding
   (Best and Brightest Adult Ed)


Negotiations Schedule

September 25 @ 9:00 AM @ BTU

October 11 @ 11 AM
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Negotiations Schedule

September 25 @ 9:00 AM @ BTU

October 11 @ 11 AM
(Cancelled)

December 05 @ 1:30 PM @ BTU
(Postponed)

December 12 @ 10:00 AM @ BTU

January 30 @ 10:00 AM @ BTU

February 24 @ TBA
Special Magistrate Impasse Hearing
(Cancelled)

March 10 @ Plantation HS
School Board Impasse Hearing





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