SRVUSD closing pay-raise deals with classified unions

Board OKs contract with SEIU, voting on CSEA agreements April 19

The San Ramon Valley school district appears on track to solidify new labor agreements with all of its classified workers that include pay increases similar to raises given to local teachers and other employees this year.

The school board is set to vote April 19 on proposed bargaining deals with classified employees represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA) that call for salary increases of just over 5% for those workers and a one-time bonus worth 4% of workers' annual pay.

That discussion would come one meeting after school board members unanimously approved a tentative agreement with the district's other classified union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, for local service workers to receive a 5.07% permanent compensation increase, plus a 4% bonus.

"I am grateful for our recent negotiations and look forward to positive future negotiations," local SEIU president Carrie Luchini told the board during its March 22 meeting.

The agreement with SEIU Local 1021 -- which represents maintenance, operations, transportation and other service workers -- features a permanent salary raise of 4.54% (including statutory benefits) retroactive to July 1 and a 0.53% district contribution to the SEIU Retiree Benefits Trust.

It also includes a bonus worth 4% of SEIU members' annual salary as of Nov. 30 and revised contract language regarding bus driver shift-bidding.

The SEIU pay incentives will cost the district about $1.12 million this year, according to district officials.

The school board also approved a 5.07% salary increase retroactive to July 1 and a 4% one-time payment for all confidential supervisory employees and management not represented by bargaining units on March 22 -- with an overall price-tag of almost $1.4 million this year.

The raise and bonus percentages mirror those given to San Ramon Valley Education Association (SRVEA) members earlier in March. It is district practice to offer the same compensation increases to all employees, according to district officials.

CSEA Chapter 65 president Tami Castelluccio, an office manager at Danville's Los Cerros Middle School, announced during the March 22 school board meeting that her union and district negotiators had recently struck a tentative agreement in their labor talks.

The room was filled with dozens of union members because the board was also honoring the district's Classified Employees of the Year that night at Diablo Vista Middle School.

"We had two (bargaining) meetings and were able to work through and work hard to reach the agreement," Castelluccio said to the board, while also praising the "hard work, due diligence and integrity" of both sides' negotiating teams.

CSEA members ratified the agreement on Monday, and the deal is scheduled to head to the school board for approval April 19, according to district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich.

The union has two separate bargaining units in the district: CSEA Unit II represents clerical, technical, child nutrition and other classified workers while CSEA Chapter 65 Unit III represents paraprofessionals.

The tentative agreement with CSEA Unit II calls for a 5.07% pay raise retroactive to July 1, a 0.14% redirection of district funds contributed on the unit's behalf from the CSEA Retired Employee Benefits Plan and Trust to the salary schedule and a 4% one-time bonus, Graswich said.

The deal with CSEA Unit III features a 5.07% permanent salary increase and a 4% bonus, among other provisions, according to Graswich.

In other union business March 22, the school board approved a joint proposal from district negotiators and SRVEA representatives for what topics to broach during bargaining talks for next school year.

Key items in the joint proposal included salaries, class size, reassignment and transfers, and evaluation and grievance procedures.

The negotiations list for 2016-17 also featured association rights, hours of employment, leaves, special education, professional growth requirements for credential renewals, recognition, subcontracting, salary credit for professional growth and full inclusion.

As part of their labor settlement this year, SRVEA members received a 5% salary raise, a 0.07% district contribution to the SRVEA Retirees Benefits Trust and a 4% bonus.

Other incentives and provisions included 0.59% district-paid health and welfare and cash-back increases, 1.61% increase in statutory retirement costs, 1.03% in step-and-column (longevity and expertise) increase and 0.21% ongoing raise for extra services pay for coaches and other similar positions.

The 2015-16 deal with SRVEA also featured a memorandum of understanding that allows the district's transitional kindergarten through third-grade classes to have an average class size of 25 students through the 2017-18 school year.

In addition to teachers, SRVEA also represents district counselors, nurses, psychologists, librarians and speech pathologists.

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5 people like this
Posted by Resident1
a resident of Danville
on Apr 4, 2016 at 7:17 am

And the anti-school home owners of Danville begin their rants in 3...2...1.....

5 people like this
Posted by Ralph Kramden
a resident of Danville
on Apr 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

@Resident1 - please explain the phrase "anti-school" so we can decide whether or not to bash you or the school district first.

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Posted by Not anti-school, but there is a problem
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 4, 2016 at 9:12 pm

I am not anti-school at all, but there is a huge problem with the board giving retroactive raises to classified employees. Some classified employees are paid by their school's ed fund. Suddenly ed funds are being forced to find money they did not anticipate on spending because of the retroactive raise. While some schools in our district could easily raise the extra funds, others will struggle and will not be able to add more programs to their school.

This is the 2nd (maybe the 3rd?) year in a row that the board has done this to ed funds. It is ridiculous and unfair that the board does this to it's schools. My school counts every penny and struggles to find money for vital programs.

I can't believe 5 individuals are doing this to our schools. I definitely believe in raises - our certificated and classified employees work hard and deserve a raise. But to make it retroactive is irresponsible and careless.

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Posted by Danvillemommy
a resident of Danville
on Apr 5, 2016 at 7:07 am

You are obviously misinformed about the union bargaining process and what retroactive means, as well as contract law.

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Posted by SHale99
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2016 at 1:45 pm

SHale99 is a registered user.

No doubt the retro pay is to when the contract expired; not a big deal and standard practice.

What IS odd is how do union employees get a bonus? Oh, that they call 'one time payments'. Pretty certain you agree to join a union you should have the thought you won't get a bonus. Generally, only managers get those and they are not 'protected' by the union.

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Posted by Get to Yes
a resident of Danville
on Apr 5, 2016 at 6:48 pm

Not real familiar with this situation, but sometimes bonuses are paid as a one time catch-up after lean years. Management likes them in lieu of other kinds of pay increases because raises are forever in the base, whereas a bonus does not recur.

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Posted by To Danville Mommy
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 6, 2016 at 8:20 pm

To To Danville Mommy:

Can you please then explain to me how I am misinformed about the union bargaining process and what retroactive means? Because I am the president of the ed fund at my school and I was told last month to find several thousands of dollars to pay for what the Board is doing. If you could shed light, and possibly save us the money and the burden of raising it, I would greatly appreciate your comments.

-Not anit-school mommy

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