2020-21 ESP 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 as well as one contract item.

  • All ESPs will receive an additional planning day at the beginning of the school year (Articles 5 and 6).

  • All ESP 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%.

ESP Article 5 Union Rights:
February 22: BTU proposed that 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.
March 02: The District rejected the proposal completely, stating that this is an operational item and incorrectly stating it does not need to be in the contract. ESPs have been asking for this for years and since it is not in the contract, it does not happen.

ESP Article 6 Terms and Conditions of Employment:
February 22: BTU proposed that ESPs should receive an additional 2 days during teaching pre-planning for professional development that is essential to job performance and student achievement.
March 02: The District rejected the proposal completely, claiming the minimal amount it would cost is unaffordable.

ESP Article 13 Vacancies, Reappointments, Assignments, Reassignments, Summer School Vacancies, Promotions, and Transfer:
February 22: BTU proposed that ESPs may request to be transferred to another school when there are vacancies for which they are qualified.
March 02: The District rejected the proposal completely, stating that it is already being done. Of course, it’s not, and that’s why BTU is proposing it be in the contract.

ESP Article 19 Health and Safety:
February 22: BTU proposed 1) incorporating MOUs and CDC guidelines into contract to-preplan 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!

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 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.


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.



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 -
BTU and the District reached a tentative agreement this afternoon that will provide all employees in the BTU-ESP unit with a referendum supplement equal to 3.6% of base salary.  The supplements will be paid out in equal installments per pay period.

NOTE: New hires do not qualify for referendum supplement.

Read the entire tentative agreement here.

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 unit regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 9 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.

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 9 am. The email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com.

If you do not receive your ballot by 1 pm
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.

 

 

ESP 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