2020-21 TSP 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.

  • All TSP 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%.

TSP Article 7 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!

New BTU TSP Proposal (March 02)

TSP Article 11 Compensation:
March 02: BTU proposed that when promoted, a current employee will receive a raise to bring them to a commensurate level to that of someone accepting the same position from outside the District

New District TSP Proposal (March 02)

TSP Article 5 Union Rights:

  • The District proposed making changes to sections K and M to eliminate any time or “union days” for stewards to conduct Union business at their site or elsewhere. It would only allow for the direct representation of members during working hours.

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.

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.


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.


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 15

We are pleased to announce that the BTU negotiations team reached agreement with the District on Monday on an MOU that will continue the same referendum supplement equal to 4% of base salary for those who qualify, and the equity supplement equal to 2% of base salary for all others through the 2020-21 school year.

The supplements are retroactive to July 1, 2020 and are expected to appear in paychecks in October.