2018-19 ESP Negotiations

May 6 - Tentative Agreement Reached!

A 2 percent salary increase and a 3.5 percent referendum supplement are among the wins accomplished by the BTU Education Support Professionals in the tentative agreement reached on Monday night with the Broward County Public Schools. 

The agreement, a contract re-opener for the 2018-2019 school year, will be voted on by the entire ESP bargaining unit on Tuesday, May 14 at work sites. All members of the barganing unit, regardless of BTU membership, are eligible to vote.

After both BTU and the School Board have ratified the contract, increases will be added to paychecks with the salary increase retroactive to January 1, 2019.

Highlights of the 2018-19 tentative agreement:

  • 2% salary increase retroactive to January 1, 2019
  • 3.5% referendum supplement effective the start of the 2019-2020 school year
  • no contributions to employee healthcare premiums for at least this year
  • new contract language prohibiting ESPs from supervising students alone in classrooms no more than a few minutes
  • restrictions to what can go into personnel files and requirements for notification to employees
  • improvements to provision prohibiting ESPs from loading and unloading students in vehicles
  • provision to allow ESPs who become teachers to return to an ESP position if it doesn’t work out

This tentative agreement locks in the monies gained from the referendum passed by Broward voters in August 2018 for ESPs for four years .  

Votes will be counted and the tally announced to each site's bargaining unit at the conclusion of each voting session. The results will be announced within three (3) days.

February 22
Cancelled by District

January 18
District Chief Financial Officer Judy Marte attended the negotiations session to inform us that the District heard President Anna Fusco’s requests to find funds to increase salaries by streamlining other budgets items.

She explained that the Superintendent directed her to make additional cuts to central office operations, freeze travel and office supplies, and update budgets based on a recent state funding report in order to find money for employee raises.  Following Board approval of these recommendations in February, the District negotiators will present a financial proposal to the union. 

The District also presented a revised health insurance proposal for 2020. While this proposal was more palatable than the previous one, BTU rejected it. President Fusco made it clear that we must work together to find insurance cost savings idea that offer affordable options for members that target members needs.

BTU and the District agree to changes to Article 3- E Labor Management Meetings and Article 4 Grievance Procedures

As we continue negotiations on salary, insurance and other issues, bargaining has become more intense, making it important that BTU members stay united and strong.

The time, date, and location of the next session will be announced soon.

December 5
The session began with a detailed presentation by the District to both the ESP teams of the District's proposed changes to Article 15 Insurance.

The effect of these proposed changes would be that District would continue providing employee coverage at no cost ONLY for employees on the Premier Choice plan. Those employees electing the Premier or Premier Plus plans would incur a monthly premium after the District paid a certain amount.

BTU ESP’s rejected the District’s Insurance Proposal.
(This was also rejected by BTU EP’s and TSP’s on Dec 3.)


The District offered a counter-proposal to Article 13 Reassignments, that focused on job security for ESP’s who become a teacher and then decide to revert to being an ESP. The district’s proposal did not go far enough and BTU rejected it.

The District presented a packet of nine modifications to 7 articles mostly to clean up language inconsistencies. BTU will review the proposed changes before the next session.

BTU proposed changes to two articles: Articles 6 L Covering Classes and Article 5 P Student Drop Off and Pick Up. The District will review the proposed changes before the next session.

The next negotiations for Education Support Professionals will begin at 2:00 pm on December 17th at BTU.
Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations

Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.

October 25
The session opened with BTU providing input into the “Clean-Up Proposal” previously presented by the District. The purpose of the “clean-up” of the contract was to eliminate outdated terminology (like CAB e-mail), provide consistency in language, remove outdated appendices, and fold some of the appendices into article they were related to.

The District responded to three BTU proposals previously submitted: 1) Five days of pre-planning instead of one, 2) Movement of all ESPs to the same 7.5 hour work day, and 3) guaranteed placement for an ESP who becomes a teacher, but then later elects to become an ESP again.

The District agreed the first two were great ideas, but stated that since there would be a significant cost to implement them, they would be classified as financial issues, which means they will be discussed further when all financial issues are dealt with. The District said tthe third one was unnecessary since there was always a demand of ESPs.

The District then offered proposed modifications of three articles for BTU consideration dealing with Grievances, Personnel Files and Labor Management Meetings

The next negotiations for Education Support Professionals will begin at 9:00 am on December 6th at BTU.

Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.


October 15
Education Support Professionals, Education Professionals, and Technical Support Professionals held a joint session with the District at Atlantic Technical Center.

Judith Marte, Chief Financial Officer for the District, presented an overview of the District Budget similar to the one she presented to the school board. Due to District enrollment being short of estimates, money has to be returned to the state, so finding money for raises is posing a challenge. However, she emphasized that the Superintendent and the School Board directed her to find money for raises for employees.

Next, Dildra Martin-Ogburn, the District's Director of Benefits and Employment Services, provided an overview of the Employee Health Insurance benefits and respective costs as they come out of the same pot of money as salaries. As part of the presentation, a comparison to Miami-Date and Palm Beach Schools Districts was shown.

The next meeting for Education Support Professionals will be 11:30-3:30 on October 25th at a location to be determined.

Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.

September 20
The District proposed minor changes to a number of articles and appendices in the contract. Most of these are "scrivener" errors, changes to department names, etc. The changes also propose to incorporate three appendices into related areas of the contract and eliminate a couple of appendices that the District said were obsolete. BTU will review the proposed changes.

BTU proposed changes to Articles 6 and 13. The proposal for article 6 would set the regular workday for all ESPs to 7.5 hours and would provide for ESPs return to to work during pre-planning for professional development and to adequately review IEP's. Proposed changes to Article 13 would give a priority to an ESP holding a valid certificate for open teaching positions they are eligible for and also allow them to return to their previous ESP position if they are not renewed as a teacher.

The next sesssion will be October 15. Members are always welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations.

July 19
Negotiations for the 2018-19 contract began with opening statements by BTU President Anna Fusco, ESP Vice President Bernie Kemp and TSP Vice President Matt Decker.

This first session included all three units to discuss common concerns. Following introductions of the three BTU Negotiating teams and the District’s team, the two sides exchanged proposed ground rules for this year’s session. After a caucus to separately discuss the respective proposals, agreement was reached.

Before adjourning, the next sessions for the ESP unit were scheduled for September 20. Members are welcome to attend sessions to view negotiations

ESP Negotiations

Tentative ESP Agreement
           for 2018-19

Article 1 - B(5)
  Defiinitions: Seniority

Article 3 - E
  Labor Management Meetings

Article 4 - E (5)
  Grievance Procedure: Employee Rights

Article 5 - P
  Student Pick Up and Drop Off

Article 6 - L
  Covering Classes

Article 7
  Personnel Files

Article 15 - C

Article 17 - R, S
  Wages: Referendum

Appendix C (Salary)
 Certified Classroom Assistant

Appendix D (Salary)
 Certified Teacher Assistant

Appendix E (Salary)
 Program Assistant

Memo of Understanding
   (Removal of Obsolete Language)

Negotiations Schedule

July 19 @ 1:30 PM @ BTU

September 20 @ 1:00 PM @ BTU

October 15 @ 2:00 PM
@ Atlantic Technical

October 25 @ 11:30
@ Arthur Ashe

December 5 @ 9:00 @ Arthrur Ashe

December 17 @ 2:00 @ BTU

January 18 @ 1:30 PM @ McFatter

February 22 @ 9:00 @ BTU
(cancelled by District)

May 6 @ 10 AM @ BTU