Bargaining 2017-18

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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