Bargaining 2017-18

Bargaining Update #3

May 23, 2018

SEA Members Present: Colleen Cooke-Salas, John Cox, Robert Farrell, Tere Harris, Dalisay Quitilen, Gretel Rodriguez, Julie Walker

SCGA Members Present: Lorraine Almendarez, Alfredo Cendejas,Andrea Aragoza, Verenice Hernandez-Herrera, Rick Sevilla,  Alex Santana

CTA Executive Director: Lian Shoemake

SUHSD Members Present: Scott Hendries, Jenni Carbuccia, Tom Glover, Karen Michel

Sweetwater Education Association (SEA) and Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association (SCGA) have agreed to jointly negotiate wages and health benefits.

Open Articles:

Article 4 Adult Schools

Article 15 Extra Service Assignments

Article 18 Health and Welfare Benefits

Article 36 Wages

SEA, SCGA, and SUHSD (Sweetwater Union High School District)  met together in the morning and the following proposals were submitted:

  • SEA and SCGA submitted their proposals that the District’s maximum contribution to the Health and Welfare Benefit be increased by $2,000 from $14,130 to $16,130 and, additionally, that each unit member receive a $1,500 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) annually, effective January 1, 2019.
  • SEA and SCGA did not move from their original proposal for a wage increase of 3% for 2017-18.
  • The District proposes No Change/Status Quo for the 2017-18 school year and a 1% off schedule payment for the 2018-19 school year.

SEA and SUHSD met together in the afternoon and discussed the District’s response to SEA’s Adult Schools Article proposal submitted on April 25, 2018:

  • SEA proposed a pathway to permanent status
    • SUHSD defined Permanency for adult school educators to be: average more than 18 hours in paid status per week and serve at least 75% of the 175-day work year, for two consecutive school years, all based on current Ed Code. The District did not accept SEA’s proposed language that a probationary employee’s hours would not be reduced for the sole purpose of disallowing attainment of permanent status.
    • However, SUHSD did agree to this proposed SEA language: All efforts will be made to extend probationary teachers hours to those required for permanent status track before allocating available hours to temporary teachers.
  • SEA proposed ways to increase permanent hours
    • SEA’s proposal included language to re-evaluate a teacher’s number of guaranteed hours on a biannual basis. SUHSD’s proposal included an opportunity for a review and increase once every four years.
  • SEA proposed criteria for allotting additional hours
    • SEA’s proposal included language to offer additional hours first to those permanent teachers working less than full-time hours. The District’s proposal did not include this.

Next meeting: August 2018

Bargaining Update #2

April 30, 2018

SEA Members Present: Colleen Cooke-Salas, John Cox, Robert Farrell, Tere Harris, Dalisay Quitilen, Gretel Rodriguez, Julie Walker

SCGA Members Present: Lorraine Almendarez, Alfredo Cendejas,Andrea Aragoza, Verenice Hernandez-Herrera, Rick Sevilla,  Alex Santana

CTA Executive Director: Lian Shoemake

SUHSD Members Present: Scott Hendries, Jenni Carbuccia, Tom Glover, Karen Michel

Sweetwater Education Association (SEA) and Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association (SCGA) have agreed to jointly negotiate wages and health benefits.

Open Articles:

Article 4 Adult Schools

Article 15 Extra Service Assignments

Article 18 Health and Welfare Benefits

Article 36 Wages

SCGA, SEA, and SUHSD (Sweetwater Union High School District)  met together in the morning and discussed the following items:

  • SEA and SCGA submitted their proposals for a wage increase of  3% for 2017-18 in writing.
  • The District provided more data.

SEA/SCGA asked for a caucus session after the presentation.

The District bargaining team did not return to the table after the caucus session.

Our May 7 scheduled bargaining session was reduced to only a half-day session for SEA to continue negotiations around Article 4 Adult Schools.

The district is not prepared to continue any further discussions around wages or health benefits until after the May revise, or even the June 30 final state budget.

  • SUHSD has proposed no increases for 2017-18 on wages and health and welfare stating that there is “no money”; all has been spent or allocated to various categories.
    • Employees have not seen an increase in health and welfare benefits since 2015-16.
  • County average of negotiated settlements for 2017-18 was 2.53% increase in salaries.
  • SUHSD received additional monies from LCFF in 2017-18 ($9.3 million Gap Funding from 2/2018)
  • SUHSD automatically budgeted a 2.5% increase for COLA for outside vendors (ex. classroom supplies, gas, etc…)
  • There has been a 20.9% increase in permanent staffing of management over three years (2015-2018) while only 5.5% increase in SEA and 14.6% increase in SCGA

In conclusion, SEA and SCGA believe we are not viewed as a priority for SUHSD if increased revenue is already allocated with no increase in wages or benefits for employees.

Next meeting: Monday, May 7, 2018



Bargaining Update #1

April 25, 2018

SEA Members Present: Colleen Cooke-Salas, John Cox, Robert Farrell, Tere Harris, Dalisay Quitilen, Gretel Rodriguez, Julie Walker

SCGA Members Present: Lorraine Almendarez, Alfredo Cendejas, Verenice Hernandez-Herrera, Rick Sevilla, Andrea Aragoza, Alex Santana

CTA Executive Director: Lian Shoemake

SUHSD Members Present: Scott Hendries, Jenni Carbuccia, Tom Glover, Karen Michel, Ryan Burke

Sweetwater Education Association (SEA) and Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association (SCGA) have agreed to jointly negotiate wages and health benefits.

Open Articles:

Article 4 Adult Schools

Article 15 Extra Service Assignments

Article 18 Health and Welfare Benefits

Article 36 Wages

SCGA, SEA, and SUHSD (Sweetwater Union High School District)  met together in the morning and discussed the following items:

  • District presented budget information
  • SEA/SCGA proposed a 3% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2017

SEA and SUHSD met together in the afternoon and discussed:

  • Article 4: Adult Schools
    • Both parties share the same values regarding Adult School
    • SEA proposed a pathway to permanent status
    • SEA proposed ways to increase permanent hours
    • SEA proposed criteria for allotting additional hours

Next meeting: Monday, April 30, 2018



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