About the Impasse


BTU held a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, December 17th, during which President Anna Fusco shared information and answered members questions about the Teacher Contract Impasse. Below are the main points discussed.
 
What happened:
  • As you know, we declared Impasse at our negotiations’ session last Thursday.
    • Our first session was Sept. 25 – BTU proposed a 5% increase to schedule ($2000 for S and $1500 for T, U), 5.01% for HE PFP and 3.75% for Eff PFP.
    • District said they would meet with School Board to get authority and would have counter offer in 2 weeks!
    Their offer:
    • The District did not respond to our offer or present their offer until Dec. 12—more that 2 months later—and its offer was a totally inadequate 1.5% increase to the salary pot. 
    • They buried their 1.5% offer in the middle of the page filled with compensation we have already negotiated from the referendum and the state issued best and brightestvery misleading!
    Our Representation:
    • We have both a nationally renowned labor law firm and a well-respected AFT economist working with us.
    • Our economist has been digging into the school board financials and has asked dozens of questions of the District’s CFO, Judy Marte.  The answers have been late, incomplete and misleading.
    District's Stalling tactics:
    • At the negotiations session on Thursday, October 12, Marte indicated she would be sending over THE FIRST written answers to questions LATER THAT DAY.  We got them a few days later.  We had asked for the information in writing in October.
    • It is obvious there is NO urgency on their part to settle this contract.
    • We are sick and tired of their stalling tactics and their trying to hide and manipulate the data.
    • At the December 17 school board workshop, District officials are proposing $85 million be spent on professional learning…$18 million of that is on PLCs!  $50 million of that is from general funds…where our raises come from.   That just shows you the School Board’s priorities.
    • At the Insurance committee we demanded information on how much money is being saved on formulary changes (Money that Marte promised would be applied to raises) We were told we would have an answer within a day. That was a week ago. 
    Unacceptable behavior by Distict:
    • WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING THIS BEHAVIOR BY DISTRICT OFFICIALS.  WE ARE DETERMINED TO EXPOSE THEM.
    • BY DECLARING IMPASSE, THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE TO EXPLAIN THEIR FINANCIALS TO A SPECIAL MASTER DURING IMPASSE PROCESS.
    What Impasse means:
    • Now that we have declared impasse, a special master will be assigned.
    • A hearing will be set before the special master, at which both parties will present their case to support their proposal.
    • We expect the hearing will be set for some time early next year.
    • Once a decision is issued by the Special Master, if the Union and the District do not accept it, each party will submit its recommendation to the School Board who will conduct a public hearing and take such action as it deems in the public interest, including the interest of the employees involved. 

    ACTIVISM WINS

    • This is where YOU come in.  Our power is in our unity. 
    • We have over 11,000 BTU members…if we all contact Board members demanding the decent raise we deserve, we can force them to make the right decision. 
    • We are currently developing a communications campaign to build community support. 
    • You will be hearing more about what you can do after the break.