Negotiations Update

December 1, 2017

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November 30, 2017


Update Regarding Negotiations with Orcutt Educators Association (OEA)

The District and OEA met to negotiate for the fifth time this year on November 30, 2017. 

Together, the teams have decided that a negotiations impasse exists and that the help of a state appointed mediator could help resolve that impasse.  Impasse occurs when the teams cannot continue to meet and negotiate and make meaningful progress because the differences in positions are too significant.

Among other proposals, the District has made the following offers:

  1. Early Retirement Incentive: $25,000 to all retirees if at least 15 bargaining unit members elect to retire;
  2. One-time bonus of $640 to each bargaining unit member, prorated based on full-time status;
  3. The District also offered a .5% increase on the salary schedule in exchange for striking language related to grading and collaboration release days; and
  4. The District also proposed a signing bonus for hard to fill positions.

The District is willing to accept OEA’s proposals to add compensatory time off for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers for assessing new students to the contract.  In addition, the District is willing to accept OEA’s proposal to move up the date the school calendar is finalized.

The District is working hard to ensure that it maintains programs during lean times while also working to provide more technology, new text books, and other resources to both students and employees. 

The next step will be for the District and OEA to meet with a state appointed mediator.

The District looks forward to productively and positively working with OEA to reach a fair and responsible settlement.  The District continues to value and respect the work that its employees contribute on a daily basis in our schools on behalf of our students.



November 3, 2017

Update Regarding Negotiations with Orcutt Educators Association (OEA)

  • The District and OEA met on September 21, September 29, and November 3 and plan to meet again on November 13 and November 30.

  • Among other proposals, the District proposed an early retirement incentive program providing $20,000 to retirees if a sufficient number retire.

  • The District also proposed a one-time compensation bonus for all teachers.

School districts across the State of California are struggling with funding in the 2017-2018 school year.  Many districts are facing substantial cuts.  These struggles are caused by a variety of issues.  In particular, districts are faced with skyrocketing teacher and other employee pension costs, substantial increases in health care costs, among other costs that increase each year.  Meanwhile, the State of California has not funded schools at the same rate that schools’ expenses are increasing.  Even though the economy is growing, school funding is not keeping pace with the increasing expenses.  All one needs to do is look at the news each day to find stories about schools facing budget cuts.

Unfortunately, Orcutt is facing some of these tough times too.  This year alone, on behalf of its employees the District will contribute a total of approximately $3.6 million for pensions for all employees.

As things stand today, like other school districts, Orcutt is facing growing deficit spending and must evaluate where budget cuts can be made.

The District highly values and respects all teachers and staff.  The District is dedicated to continuing to work with the Orcutt Educators Association to reach a positive resolution to these negotiations.

 


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