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Negotiation Update

 

May 24, 2018

 

The following is a summary of negotiations between Beaumont Unified School District (District) and California School Employees Association and its Chapter 351 (Association)

The District and Association have met eight times during the 2017-18 school year.  The agenda for the first two sessions consisted of negotiating language related to a new law regarding New Employee Orientation (AB 119) and addressing the Association’s concerns about old contract language.  The District and Association came to an agreement regarding AB119 on November 21, 2017, but the Association continued to ask questions regarding prior contractual language and requested information from the District going back 15 years.

In December, 2017, the District received a compensation proposal from the Association.  However, the Governor of the State of California released his initial budget proposal for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in January, 2018.  The proposal is revised and resubmitted in May, and will not be approved until June, 2018.   As the District bases its fiscal assumptions on the Governor’s budget, it was premature to make a counterproposal in December, 2017. 

The District and Association met again in February and the Association had new members at the negotiation table.  The Association continued to discuss contracts approved in previous years.  Although the District made repeated requests to make a budget presentation to the Association, the District’s offers were repeatedly declined. 

After the May revision to the Governor’s Budget, the District and Association met on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to negotiate Compensation and Health & Welfare. The District made two proposals to the Association. The first proposal was for a two-year compensation package that included the following:

  • An increase of $396.06 to all three Health Benefits caps
  • 1.5% increase to the salary schedule retroactive to July 1, 2017
  • 1% increase to the salary schedule effective July 1, 2018
  • 1% one-time payment. 

This proposal would have provided members a 2.5% on-going salary increase over the two years, and the equivalent in 0.573% reflected through the increase to the District’s Health Benefits cap.  In addition, classified employees would have received a 1% one-time increase. The Association countered with their desire for a 3% on-going salary increase and contributions to the Health Benefits cap. The District team developed a second proposal for a two-year compensation package that included the following:

  • An increase of $714.06 to all three Health Benefits caps
  • 1.5% increase to the salary schedule retroactive to January 1, 2018
  • 1% increase to the salary schedule effective July 1, 2018 

This proposal provided the same 2.5% ongoing salary increase as the prior offer and the $714.06 increase, which is the equivalent of 1.033% reflected through the increase to the District’s Health Benefits cap, which substantially reduced or eliminated members out of pocket health costs. 

CSEA stated they could not agree to either proposal. Our next negotiation session was scheduled for June 5, 2018, but the CSEA Regional Representative indicated he had a conflict with this previously scheduled date. The District requested numerous alternative dates when the teams can meet and the District is still waiting to receive those dates from CSEA. The District is committed to the negotiation process and agreeing to a proposal that will benefit our valued employees.

 
Department Staff
 
Shawn Mitchell
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources
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Jennifer Castillo
Director of Human Resources
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Kim Monnig
Credentials Technician
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Carol Araujo
Executive Assistant
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Desiree Otsuka
HR Confidential Secretary
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Tammi Horn
HR Clerk / SEMS
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Yanira Rodriguez
HR Clerk/Receptionist
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Rosy Martinez
HR Technician
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