2021-22 EP Negotiations

December 02, 2021 - Session #3 of 2021-22 Contract Negotiations

In the third session of the 2021-22 Education Professionals negotiations, the School District responded to previous BTU proposals and offered a clarifying proposal.

The School District Accepted MOU:

BTU proposed: An MOU calling for a $1,000 payment to BTU-EP, BTU-ESP and school-based BTU-TSP bargaining unit members not eligible for the $1,000 payment to classroom teachers appropriated through Senate Bill 2500, Section 46, the General Appropriations Act (“GAA”).
The School District: Agreed to the MOU.


The School District Offered Counter Proposals:

EP Salary Proposal 2021-2022
BTU proposed: Three and a half percent (3.5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2021.
The District countered with:
0.31% for all levels on the BTU-Grandfathered Teacher Schedule
0.39% for Pay for Performance who are “Highly Effective”
0.29% for Pay for Performance who are “Effective”
   (all retroactive to July 1, 2021)

EP Bonus
BTU proposed: all employees in the BTU-EP unit shall receive a one-time $3,000 bonus to be paid in the first paycheck following ratification.
The District countered with: all employees in the BTU-EP unit shall receive a one-time $1,500 one time stipend (non-recurring, non-FRS eligible)

Article 19 (I) Mileage/Parking/Tolls Reimbursement
and Article 19 (J) Travel Reimbursement

BTU proposed: 15 days for payments to be processed following receipt of documents.
The School District countered with: 30 days for payments to be processed following receipt of documents.

Article 19 (I) (R1 & R2) Voluntary In-service/Stipend Rate
BTU proposed: 15 days for payments to be processed following closing date of workshops.
The School District countered with: 30 days for payments to be processed following closing date of workshops.


The School District Rejected:

Article 19 (V)
BTU proposed: A yearly supplement of $500 to multilingual itinerant support professionals assigned caseloads of multiple schools.
The School District: rejected the proposal.

Article 19 (W)
BTU proposed: A one time supplement of $1,500 to any bargaining unit member required to launch a Teams meeting that allows students at home to view in-class instruction.
The School District: rejected the proposal.


The School District Proposed:

Article 25 Reassignment & Transfer
The District proposed: a series of changes to clarify that vacancies and applications will be through the District’s online system.

The next session is December 16th at BTU a time to be determined.



September 27, 2021 - Session #4 of 2021-22 Contract Negotiations

The second session began with information shared by Oleg Gorokhovsky, the BCPS Acting Chief Financial Officer about district available funding and commitments.

The Broward Teachers Union Proposed:

  • Article 19 (I) Mileage/Parking/Tolls Reimbursement and Article 19 (J) Travel Reimbursement proposes a specific timeframe of 15 days for payments to be processed following receipt of documents.

  • Article 19 (R1 & R2) Voluntary In-service/Stipend Rate proposes a specific timeframe of 15 days for payments to be processed following the closing date of workshops.

  • Article 19 (V) proposes granting a yearly supplement of $500 to multilingual itinerant support professionals assigned caseloads of multiple schools to provide services to families in their native language. (Note: Previous section V becomes Section W)

The School District Proposed:

  • ARTICLE THREE DEFINITIONS proposes changes that are intended to clarify when an MOU does not need to be ratified.

  • Article 5 Conditions of Employment offered a counter-proposal that rejected BTU’s changes to Sections A, I, K, L3 and Y as proposed in the September 9, 2021 negotiating session.

The session originally scheduled for Oct 7th has been postponed. The date and time for the next session is December 2nd at 9 am at BTU.



September 9, 2021 - Session #1 of 2021-22 Contract Negotiations

At the opening session, ground rules were shared and agreed upon and both sides presented and explained proposals which will be discussed during caucus and countered at the next session which has been scheduled for Monday, September 27th at BTU.

BTU Proposed:

  • ARTICLE FIVE CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT proposed changes that are intended to improve working conditions and facilitate more professional treatment of educators

  • ARTICLE NINETEEN PROFESSIONAL COMPENSATION adds Section V that proposes a one time supplement of $1500 to any bargaining unit member required to launch a Teams meeting that allows students at home to view in class instruction. Note: 19-V changed to 19-W due to added proposal at 09/27/21 session

  • MOU proposes a $1,000 payment to BTU-EP, BTU-ESP and school-based BTU-TSP bargaining unit members who are not eligible for the $1,000 payment to classroom teachers appropriated through Senate Bill 2500, Section 46, the General Appropriations Act (“GAA”).

  • BTU-EP Salary Proposal 2021-2022 proposes a three and a half percent (3.5%) aggregate increase to the cost of the current salary schedule, retroactive to July 1, 2021 (in addition to that provided by the Teacher Salary Increase Allocations Funds in Section 1011.62(18), Florida Statutes. Distribution and allocation are subject to further negotiations.

    Additionally, for the 2021-2022 school year, all employees in the BTU-EP unit shall receive a one-time $3,000 bonus to be paid in the first paycheck following ratification.

The School District Proposed:

  • ARTICLE THREE DEFINITIONS proposes changes that are intended to clarify when an MOU does not need to be ratified.

  • ARTICLE TWENTY-FIVE REASSIGNMENT & TRANSFER proposes several changes to update the language in the transfer process.


September 9, 2021 - Bargaining Unit Ratified Agreement

EP Referendum Distribution: Yes=92.1% No=7.9%

EP Vaccine Incentive: Yes=92.9% No=7.1%

The School Board will vote on this at the September 14th Board meeting. Note (09/14/21): BOARD APPROVED


August 26, 2021 - Tentative Agreement Reached

21-22 Referendum Supplements

BTU and the District reached a tentative agreement on referendum money distribution for the 2021-22 school year. The tentative agreement consists of a Memo of Understanding detailing the distribution of referendum funds.

Referendum money distribution - Grandfathered Salary Schedule

The referendum supplement will be distributed to eligible employees in the BTU Education Professionals bargaining unit on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule, whose effective start date is on or before June 30, 2021, as follows:

Base Salary Range Referendum Supplement
Levels C-R 13%
Levels RF, S, T, U 6%

Referendum money distribution - Pay for Performance Schedule
The referendum supplement will be distributed to eligible employees in the BTU Education Professionals bargaining unit on the Pay for Performance Schedule, whose effective start date is on or before June 30, 2021 as follows:

0- 11 years of experience 3%
12 - 25 years of experience 9%
26 years & above years of experience 5%

The supplements will be paid out in equal installments per pay period. The percent (%) listed refers to percent of base pay.

COVID-19 Financial Program for Employees
In addition, on this ratification vote you will be asked to approve that all permanent employees will receive a one-time, non recurring incentive in the amount of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) through the District's COVID-19 vaccination incentive process.


WHO VOTES?


All EP bargaining unit members will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreements Wednesday through Thursday of next week. Questions can be directed to any BTU field staff representative by calling 954-486-6250.

The vote is open to all members of the bargaining units regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 7 am on Wednesday, Sept. 8 and ending at 5 pm on Thursday, Sept 9.

IMPORTANT VOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Watch your Broward Schools email inbox, or the primary email address you have on file in the ESS system, for your ballot on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8 beginning at 7 am. The email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com.

If you do not receive your ballot by 1 pm that day please send an email requesting a new ballot to communications@btuonline.com.

Voting results will be announced to the entire bargaining unit shortly after the close of voting. The supplements will be paid out in equal installments per pay period. If the agreement passes, the school board will ratify the tentative agreement at a special meeting. We encourage you to read the entire text of both MOUs before casting your vote. On behalf of your negotiations team, we urge you to vote "yes" to ratify both MOUs.




EP Negotiations


Negotiations Schedule

Thursday, August 26

Thursday, September 9 @ KCW

Monday, September 27

Thursday, October 7 (postponed)

Thursday, December 2
9 am @ BTU

Next: Thursday, December 16
@ BTU