The negotiations team met with the district on March 9, 2017 and was able to Tentatively Agree (TA) on two items: Article 6, Working Conditions, Sections F and H.
The following were tentatively agreed to:
The district and BTU agreed that for those TSP employees who volunteer for on-call assignments, they will be made on a rotation basis for all qualified employees.
The TA’ed language in this article gives TSP employees the ability to obtain release time during the work day to attend daytime school activities involving their children. In addition, the approval of flexible hours by the supervisor shall not be unreasonably withheld.
The following were discussed and are still open (no agreement reached):
The district said it would present a counterproposal to BTU’s proposed language providing that no exempt employee will be required to punch a time clock or report time through another mechanical method and that no exempt TSP employee will have their pay docked for non-use of a time keeping device or data collected from a mechanical security device.
The parties are still discussing steward and officer super seniority and the summer compressed 4-day work week.
Salary negotiations will begin after all non-salary items are decided and simultaneously with each of the other units, all of which are negotiating contracts with the district.
The next session will be Thursday, March 23, 1:30 p.m. at BTU. All BTU-TSP bargaining unit members are invited to attend.
The BTU-TSP negotiation team met with the District at the BTU office. At this session, the district failed to submit any counterproposals and spent a majority of the time seeking clarification on BTU-TSP proposals addressding steward superseniority, the 4 day summer work week, the punching of time clocks, and attending school functions.
The parties did agree to several minor name changes and clean up language for various articles. BTU-TSP will be submitting its economic proposals in the near future in solidarity with the other BTU negotiating units.
The next session BTU-TSP negotiating session is scheduled for March 9 at 1:30 at a district location to be determined.
The ten members of the BTU-TSP Negotiations team and the seven member District team met for four hours at the TSSC Bank Annex Building to exchange non-economic proposals. After opening remarks, the parties submitted proposals.
BTU-TSP opened 3 articles:
BTU-TSP proposed a provision allowing super-seniority for TSP stewards and TSP officials to be given a preference from layoffs to the same extent as exists for BTU stewards in the EP and ESP bargaining units.
- (contains several proposals)
- First, adding relief to the 4 day summer work week for those TSP employees experiencing a hardship due to working the 4 day extended-hour summer work week.
- Second, adding language that all on-call assignments shall be made on a fair and equitable rotation basis.
- Third, adding language to the flexible hour provision for medical appointments and emergences providing that approval by a supervisor shall not be unreasonably withheld.
- Fourth, adding a new provision that excludes TSP exempt employees from having to punch time clocks.
- Fifth, a new provision allowing TSP employees to attend school functions during the work day with pay.
Language will be added to protect TSP employees that are deemed not to be qualified for a selected job/position from automatically being laid-off during the layoff process.
The district opened only one substantive proposal:
- Article 11, dealing with the collection of over and under payments.
- The district also presented 14 articles for "clean up" which they allege require minor name changes. The BTU-TSP negotiating team is reviewing the district's proposals.
The next BTU-TSP bargaining session with the district is scheduled to be held on February 23 at 1:30 pm at the BTU office. All members are welcome to attend.
The next TSP Negotiation Session has been scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM in the TSSC Annex Bank Lobby. Employee Relations has approved the following Technical Support Professionals to be released to attend this meeting allowing ample travel time: Robert Carlough (BECON), Virgil Cruz (School Applications), Matt Decker (Building Department), Scott Gillen (Building Department), Clara Knowles (PPO), Kim Murray (Budget), Pam Norwood (Capital Budget) and Carolyn Steele (Nurse, Westwood Heights Elementary).