TALB Bargaining Update -February, 2020

TALB Bargaining Update for February, 2020

ALL DAY K

The TALB/LBUSD bargaining teams met on Thursday, January 30th, 2020. A long discussion was held on “All Day K”. While the name implies that students will be in Kindergarten all day, this is truly a misnomer. The model is more like our extended day Kindergarten program. The schedule is really an “All Day K” for parents, as the schedule would require schools to have childcare before and after school.  The devil is in the details. How would childcare work and e accessible to families through the District? At this time there is no agreement to change Kindergarten.

Forums to discuss the most recent District Forum on “All Day K” will be held at TALB on Wednesday, 2/26 from 4-5pm and Thursday, 2/27 from 4-5pm.

TRANSFERS

Transfers have been a major sticking point in negotiations for decades. The number of specialized postings along with administrators gaming the transfer process has led to fewer choices for our members, particularly those that are displaced on an annual basis.  The District has found a new catchphrase “All Means ALL.”  In that spirit, ALL teachers should have the right to an open transparent transfer process.

COMPENSATION

The District, per usual, is crying poor.  While there is no dispute that declining enrollment is a factor, like any budget, some programs seem to be protected year after year. Case in point, then the District was asked if they were appropriately managing position control, the response was they had calculated eliminating Certificated & Classified positions, however when asked about how many Administrator jobs were on the chopping block, the only thing heard was crickets. The next scheduled negotiations meeting is Friday, February 14th.

 

TALB Bargaining Update -January, 2020

TALB Bargaining Update for January, 2020

Our next scheduled session is January 30 at the District Office.  On the table for discussion are compensation, transfers, and “All-Day” Kindergarten.

TALB Bargaining Team Members are:

Corrin Hickey – Lakewood HS – Bargaining Chair
John Solomon – MacArthur ES
Kevin Quinn – Edison ES
Marc Ennen – Newcomb K-8
Maritza Summers – Mann ES
Gerry Morrison – McBride HS
Donna Gerren – Roosevelt ES and Herrera ES
Sybill Baldwin – CDC
Maria Garcia _ Head Start

TALB Bargaining Update -November, 2019

TALB Bargaining Update for November, 2019

The TALB/LBUSD bargaining teams met on Thursday, November 14th. Topics of “All Day” Kindergarten were discussed. The District would like to roll out “All Day” Kindergarten, District-Wide, for the 2020-21 school year. The District cites community interest, increasing ADA and pending legislation that would “potentially” mandate all-day kindergarten. However, there are many concerns regarding support systems being adequately in place for the success of this model. We have proposed a forum with Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Brian Moskovitz, to explore and discuss challenges with this new Kindergarten model. A lengthy discussion was held over the many challenges experienced with “transfers” & “specialized postings”.

Upcoming scheduled dates for negotiations are December 5th, January 7th, & January 30th.

TALB Bargaining Team Members are:

Corrin Hickey – Lakewood HS – Bargaining Chair
John Solomon – MacArthur ES
Kevin Quinn – Edison ES
Marc Ennen – Newcomb K-8
Maritza Summers – Mann ES
Gerry Morrison – McBride HS
Donna Gerren – Roosevelt ES and Herrera ES
Sybill Baldwin – CDC
Maria Garcia _ Head Start

TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Begins October 3, 2019

TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Begins October 3

TALB & LBUSD Bargaining teams are scheduled to convene for negotiations on Thursday, October 3rd at the District Central Offices. We will be negotiating the articles of the contract related to Compensation, Days & Hours of Employment, Transfers, and Association Rights.

As we look at the horizon, there are several factors, which could make this negotiation a challenge, with the largest factors being increased health care costs and declining enrollment.

TALB understands that Health Benefits are “the 3rd rail” in this district. We have worked very hard the last 7 years to contain costs and forego a monthly premium copay. There is not much “road” left to “kick the can down the road”. Containing health care costs for all plans is a priority as costs for all plans continue to outpace the district contribution of 3.5% per year. Ultimately, the question of shifting costs to plan utilizers or plan members may become front and center.

Even as healthcare costs increase, the district continues to lose revenue as overall student enrollment decreases approximately 2000 students per year. Fortunately, the district has built up a healthy reserve. Ultimately, negotiations are about priorities. Please keep in touch with your site representatives, as this may be a difficult bargain.