Negotiations Update

On January 31, 2017, the District and OEA met to continue negotiations over the 2016-2017 contract reopeners.  The Teams have met several times over the last several months. 

The Teams are currently discussing five contract articles:

  1. Compensation and Benefits;
  2. Class Size;
  3. Working Days and Hours;
  4. Grievance Procedure; and
  5. Organizational Rights.

The District proposed a 1%, on schedule increase in compensation retroactive to July 1, 2016. This proposal is based upon several issues raised by Governor Brown’s revenue projections and budget proposal. 

Unfortunately, in mid-January, Governor Brown gave local school District’s bad news.  The District learned that revenues are down and the budget proposal for next year provides less funding than previously anticipated. 

OEA proposed a 7% on schedule increase for 2016-2017 or a 13% on schedule increase over 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. 

Previously, on November 16, 2016, the District and OEA entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding maintaining benefits.  The District increased its annual contribution to certificated employees’ benefits in the amount of $660 for individuals, $1,027 for two-party benefit recipients, and $1,440 for families receiving benefits. 

Without the District’s contribution, employees would have had to take on those increases individually.

This additional contribution is valued at a approximately 1.4% increase in compensation. 

The memorandum of understanding also states that the District and OEA will work together to try and reduce the costs of benefit premiums for the 2017-2018 school year.

The next meeting between the District and OEA is scheduled for February 22, 2017.




On November 16, 2016 the District and OEA entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding maintaining benefits.  The District provided an increase in its contribution to certificated employees’ benefits in the amount of $660 for individuals, $1,027 for two-party and $1,440 for families. 

Those increases are valued at a 1.4% increase in compensation

In addition, the memorandum of understanding states that the District and OEA will work together to try and reduce the costs of premiums for the 2017-2018 school year.

In the fall, the District and OEA also began in reopener negotiations regarding five contract articles.  Those articles are:

  • Compensation and Benefits;
  • Class Size;
  • Working Days and Hours;
  • Grievance Procedure; and
  • Organizational Rights.

The next meeting between the District and OEA is scheduled for January 31, 2017.

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