Initial Proposal of the Sweetwater Union High School District to the Sweetwater Education Association/CTA/NEA October 15, 2012
In preparation for contract negotiations with the Sweetwater Education Association/CTA/NEA, the District has carefully examined the existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While many changes to contract provisions could be proposed, the District recognizes that the present document represents decades of negotiated compromise.
The District’s initial proposal is based on the recognition that changes are needed in order to align with the principles and core values of the District’s Delta of: Teamwork, Fiscal Responsibility, and Compact for Success. These are of crucial importance to students, the District, employees and the community. To support these principles and core values, the District proposes opening the below listed articles and all appendices of the CBA and adhering to the following core values for negotiations:
Academic Focus and Student Success
The District and its employees will engage in endeavors that directly support the secondary and adult educational program. The District must do everything to provide a variety of learning experiences that provoke exploration, creativity and inquiry. We must continually provide excellent curriculum, instruction and programs that enable all students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in higher education and the world of work.
The District will make all decisions and take all actions based strictly on the best interest of the students. The District will engage in endeavors that directly support our secondary and adult educational program in a fiscally responsible manner. The District must maintain a balanced budget and maintain adequate reserves for economic uncertainties.
Fair and Equitable Compensation for all Employees
The District places a high value on all employees and recognizes their impact on the success of District students. Within the context of core values and our fiscal ability, the District will provide a fair and equitable total compensation package.
Quality and Safe Learning and Working Environment
The District and employees will honor the dignity of each person and our vision to fulfill the promise of 100% student success. District employees take pride in having safe campuses that maximize student and staff safety, and offer optimal learning environments and security for all.
Decisions Meet Legal Requirements
The District and its employees will promote a culture of integrity, respect and trust. The District must ensure that decisions made will be in accordance with all State and Federal laws, regulations and codes.
ARTICLES TO BE OPENED
ARTICLE 1 AGREEMENT
- Three year contract July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016
ARTICLE 4 ADULT SCHOOLS
- Reduce the work year for the regular school year to reflect the economic realities of the program
ARTICLE 5 ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
- Palomar High School review the current period schedule and make changes to better meet the needs of the students
- Reduce the work year and the work day
ARTICLE 6 CALENDARS & WORK YEAR
- Reduce the work year for 7-12 school
- Maintain furlough days
ARTICLE 7 CLASS SIZE
- Allocation of full-time equivalent 7-12 school classroom teachers to thirty four- to-one (34:1)
- Change the class size cap: Bilingual from 30:1 to 34:1 and ELD 25:1 to 34:1
- Increase the total contacts of 182
ARTICLE 12 DUTY HOURS
- Review and make changes to be consistent with other related articles
ARTICLE 18 HEALTH AND WELFARE BENEFITS
- Maintain level of benefits
- Explore options
ARTICLE 23 MODIFIED DUTY/LIGHT WORK PROGRAM
- Review language and associated forms for consistency
ARTICLE 35 TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS
- Clarify language on the Modification of Instructional Program/Innovative Schedules
ARTICLE 36 TRANSFER
- Revise posting requirements to ensure timely placement of teachers
ARTICLE 37 WAGES
- Maintain furlough days
- Review and agree on which appendices are on-going and should be integrated into the contract