March 15, 2013
If you or any of your members received a layoff notice this school year it is very important that you request a hearing. As a result of the litigation concerning skipping at priority schools we will be asking the administrative law judge look at all trainings very closely in this year’s layoff. It is important that you get your request for a hearing (you should have received it with your layoff paperwork from the District) into the District Human Resources Department. Please be sure to have it time stamped and retain a copy for our attorneys. It is very important that you have it in by the deadline stated on your paperwork. SCTA will be holding a meeting for all members who received a layoff notice at the time and address listed below. It is very important that you attend this meeting to know your rights and allow our legal team to get the information they need for the hearing. If you need additional information please call the SCTA office at 916-452-5491 or email email@example.com
2012-13 Layoff Meeting
Wednesday March 20th 4:00-5:00 p.m.
West Campus Cafeteria
5022 58th Street
Ed Jobs Settlement Plan Voted on By Rep Council
Last night after much debate the SCTA Representative Council voted to pursue a settlement plan with the District concerning the distribution of the Arbiter’s award stemming from the Ed Jobs Arbitration.
Ed Jobs Background: In 2010 the District received stimulus monies from the federal government. These funds became known as the “Ed Jobs” money. While most of this money went to support existing positions and programs the District and SCTA agreed in December of 2010 that each member qualified employed on June 30, 2011 was to receive funds under the stimulus program in the form of a one-time bonus of six hundred ($600). The agreement called for the bonuses to be paid by June 30th of 2011. This one-time bonus was to go only to “qualifying” members. It would have not gone to certain membership categories of members like Adult Education and Child Development for examples. When the District refused to pay in the summer of 2011 SCTA filed a grievance and that grievance ended up being herd in front of an Arbitrator who has the authority under our contract to issue an award or refuse our claim to the bonus. The Arbitrator agreed with SCTA, that the bonus was owed. In addition, the Arbitrator also ordered that the District must pay legal interest of 10% on the bonus. The total award with interest will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million. In November of 2011 the SCTA Board of Directors and the Representative Council put forward a motion that the direction of any settlement was to try and include members that paid the ninety five dollars ($95.00) for class size reduction but were not part of the group that originally qualified for the bonus. The rationale was that these members paid in the ninety five dollars ($95.00) towards class sized reduction in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years and therefore SCTA should try and do everything possible to help make things equitable for all.
The plan voted on last night was for SCTA to pursue a settlement that:
- Pays all qualifying members employed in 2010-11 school year under the original agreement who will not continue their employment into the 2013-14 School year six hundred dollars ($600.00). This would include any member who qualified to receive the money in June of 2011 that has retired, quit or has been laid off between then and the start of the 2013-14 school year.
- All members employed in the 2013-14 school year, the two (2) furlough days given up as a result of the two (2) year contract extension in 2012 would be restored. This would be a greater than six hundred dollar ($600) gain for a majority of our members.
- As a tradeoff for the removal of the two (2) furlough days in the 2013-14 school year SCTA members would be required to perform an additional twelve (12)hours of common planning time (CPT) and or combination of Professional Development (PD) in the 2013-14 school year. Additional time would be made available prior to the start of the school year along with more opportunities during the school year. Principals would need to work collaboratively with Site Representatives on a plan for CPT or PD.
- This agreement would give a portion of the interest owed on the award to members of the bargaining unit like Child Development members who were not eligible for the original payment in 2011. This is being done because these members paid in the ninety five dollars ($95.00) for CSR and as a result of their funding and scheduling would not benefit from a reduction in furlough days in the 2013-14 school year.
SCTA will provide language to the District on Monday spelling out the direction of the Representative Council. At that point we will try and reach a settlement that goes along with the desires of the council. There is a chance the District may not agree with the desired changes. If that does occurs the District could meet their obligation to the Arbiter’s by simply paying all members eligible for payment in June of 2011 plus the interest. We will keep you informed as we proceed with us having a final answer before the start of spring break.