New Para Contract 2020-2021
New Para Contract 2020-2021
Last night the BEU Negotiation Team and the BSC met for the second time to negotiate the new Unit B contract. The BSC’s overwhelming response to the BEU proposals was “it doesn’t belong in the contract”. We heard that response over and over, and when asked what they thought belonged in a contract, the BSC responded: “We are not going to answer that.” The only proposals the BSC agreed to were a few housekeeping requests (8 a-d,f,h-j). Almost all the proposals were rejected, and a few were placed on hold while the BSC gathers more information.
Our next Unit B negotiation meeting will be held on April 14, 6:00 to 8:30pm.
Last night the BEU Negotiation Team (our core speaking representatives and silent representatives) continued bargaining for Unit A with the BSC for the fourth time. The BSC finished responding to our proposals. Almost all were rejected, a few needed more investigating, and 6.j. was accepted.
6.j. Form subcommittee to study the stipends through-out Appendix B and C, except B.8.A and
make recommendations to the parties for inclusion in a final agreement, which shall include
at least the amounts for all years, the pay schedule, assignments and process for applying.
Our next Unit A bargaining meeting is March 17th at 6pm
Last night the BEU Negotiation Team (our core speaking representatives and silent representatives) continued Para negotiations with the BSC for the 3rd time. Almost all of the BEU Para proposals were rejected.
The good news is that one proposal was accepted – 7 a. Credit 10-month paraprofessionals with 12 days sick leave per year; and twelve-month paraprofessionals, 14. (Section 4.1.A) (That is an increase of two days for each.)
The BSC is interested in “tweaking” the BEU’s Para PD proposal. The BSC wants to limit the number of paras and have only two PD council meetings per academic year.
Section 5 Professional Development: Add the following new Section 7.2.C to provide better PD for
5. Professional Development: Add the following new Section 7.2.C to provide better PD for Paraprofessionals:
In addition, the parties will establish a Paraprofessional PD Council for the purpose of addressing the professional development needs of all bargaining unit members and making recommendations to the Superintendent. The Council will consist of 5 members appointed by the Superintendent or his/her designee and 5 members appointed by the BEU President. This Council shall meet at least four times per year and shall attempt to meet during early release days. If the Council meets after the normal workday, those hours shall be considered and compensated as work time.
Our next scheduled Para negotiation meeting is March 12 at 6:00 pm
The BEU Negotiation Team and the BSC met for the third time to bargain Unit A proposals. We spent the evening listening to the BSC continue with their responses to our proposals. Almost all of our proposals were flatly rejected (increase staffing, staff daycare, a limit to the amount of testing, etc…), and the BSC needed more information before they could give a definitive answer on several proposals. However, the BSC did agree to increase tuition reimbursement to $750 per course ($250 less than the BEU asked for) and to increase the total per year in the pot to $30,000 ($20,000 less than the BEU asked for).
Our next Unit A Negotiation Meeting with the BSC takes place on February 25th at 6 pm.