2017-18 TSP Negotiations

November 20
BTU outright rejected what the district characterized as its "best and final offer" of a 2.2% salary increase for all units. BTU countered with 3.5%, repeatedly emphasizing that a budget analysis demonstrates that the district has a pattern of investing money in goods rather than people.

Representatives from each unit (Education Professionals, Education Support Professionals and Technical Support Professionals) each made heartfelt pleas to the board. However, it is clear that we must ALL commit to reaching out to our board members and superintendent with our stories of why we are worth at least the 3.5%.

Click here to access each board member and the superintendent's contact information. Send each and e-mail. Call each one and Superintendent Runcie. Post your displeasure on social media and get the word out that Broward's school employees will not accept the board's disgraceful offer. Salaries must not be based on budget "leftover"

The next negotiations session has been set for 1 pm on Thursday, November 30 at a location to be determined by the district. Stay tuned for updates so you can be there to support BTU's position.


November 13


In an offer that President Fusco told the district negotiating team "is insulting and degrading," the district proposed a 1.5% across the board salary increase for TSP's and for the other two baragaining units.

On the heels of Superintendent Runcie's 9% salary increase, President Fusco said this was unacceptable and wrong and that it is now more important than ever for members to keep up the pressure on the district in opposing this ridiculous offer.

She called up on all members to "Raise your voices to the district by calling, texting and emailing board members and Mr. Runcie to say: We are worth more!" Take a few moments to express your feelings about why you deserve the 4.5% raise we proposed and the district has rejected. We all work hard, and we know the school district has more than 1.5% to give.

Click here for complete contact information for each board member and Mr. Runcie. Speak up for what is fair and just.

The next negotiations session for TSP's will be on Monday, November 20 at the Atlantic Technical Center, Building 2 at 2 pm


November 6 - Cancelled by District
On November 2, the District cancelled the long-scheduled session on November 6th.


October 30
Expecting the District to return to the table with an offer better than the 1% that BTU soundly rejected, the District instead brought the District's Chief Financial Officer back to the negotiations table to "answer questions" about funding and to suggest ways to divide the 1%.

BTU asked questions regarding promotion language and inequities in pay amongst TSP members. The District said they would look at that and then the District again proposed the previously rejected 1%.

BTU again soundly rejected the 1% increase proposed by the board and reitereated that BTU is asking for 4.5%.

BTU requested that the times for the next agreed upon TSP session on November 6th be changed to 3:00 so that members could attend, the district replied back requesting that it be set at 2:00.


October 23


After stating that "We want to be able to pay our employees as much as we can possibly pay them" the District then proposed a dismal 1% increase for TSPs.

BTU soundly rejected that offer and asked the District to look closely at other items in the budget that would be sources of reallocation. BTU President Anna Fusco stated "We know there's money. They need to find it. They need to reallocate budget items if necessary. Our employees make Broward Schools look good. They deserve more."

The next negotiation session for TSPs will be on October 30th at BTU at 11:00 AM.



October 12
The Broward Teachers Union opened negotiations with Broward County School Year for 2017-18. This year, by previous agreement, negotiations will only focus on financials. The session began with all three bargaining units (EP, ESP, TSP) being presented with an overview by the District's Chief Financial Officer of the additional money the District received from the state due to an increase in FTE and expected additional expenditures. Not surprisingly the amounts "zeroed out".

Discussion followed with BTU questioning the need for some of the mentioned expenditures. Once the overview ended, individual sessions were held with each unit.

As the TSP session began, BTU reiterated their previous request for information, a list of items needed to make decisions about proposing raises. The District promised to send answers prior to the next bargaining session.

Although BTU was expecting to hear an initial proposal, the District deferred and stated they would wait for BTU to offer its initial proposal and then respond.

The next round of bargaining begins on Monday, October 23rd with the TSP session starting at 1:00 PM



Negotiations Open October 12

We are pleased to announce that three sessions for the 2017-18 contract re-opener for salaries have been scheduled with the district for October 12, 23 and 30.

Representatives from the District and BTU held a pre-Negotiations meeting on September 25th to agree to discuss and establish ground rules and schedule.

All bargaining units will negotiate with the district on the same day. Each negotiations team is comprised of experienced members of each unit who negotiated the current contract. Updates will appear here following each bargaining session.

Leading the negotiations will be BTU Secretary Roosevelt Mcclary for the Education Support Professionals, BTU TSP Vice President Matt Decker for the Technical Support Professionals and BTU President Anna Fusco for the Education Professionals (Teachers).

BTU looks forward to engaging in successful salary negotiations with the district for all three units.

Next Session
The next session for TSP Negotiations will be Thurday, Oct 12 at 3:00 PM at BTU. All members of the TSP bargaining unit are welcome to attend.