2% is Nice… But 5% More is Due July 1 Unless We Bargain It Away

By Shane Parmely, CTA State Council Delegate

Over the past year it’s become abundantly clear that SDEA members (including some of the SDEA Board members that brought you the June 2012 Agreement) do not realize that if we do not have a new contract in place by the time the new Agreement expires on June 30, 2014, then ALL our pay restorations automatically go into effect on July 1, 2014.  That’s another 5% raise, plus all furlough days coming back NO MATTER WHAT — unless our union once again bargains those raises away between now and then.

Section C.1 of the June 2012 Agreement states:

“The 2% salary increase scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2012, the 2% salary increase scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013 (except as noted below), and the 3% salary increase scheduled to take effect on June 30, 2013 will be deferred and if not implemented by the end of the agreed to term contracts shall roll over into a successor agreement after June 30, 2014.”

Translation:  The pay restorations will FINALLY happen on July 1, 2014, if we have not given them away with a new contract by then.

But don’t get too excited. It’s still going to be an uphill battle to get our union to stand strong. Already, the District is projecting that they will have to cut $100 million during the 2014-2015 school year and another $50 million the year after that! Yes, you read that right. Even when they revise it to reflect the Prop. 30 funds coming in, they are setting themselves up to cry poverty AGAIN, just as we’re going to the bargaining table.

This means that our current SDEA leadership will have the opportunity again this Pink Slip Season to negotiate away our long overdue pay restorations.  And the District is already gearing up to trot out its annual we’re-too-poor-to-pay-you song and dance to justify why we should remain the second to lowest paid district in the county.

Expect the District to use the same scare tactics that they used last year… because they worked!  But now we can look back at the SURPLUS the District carried all through last year and see that THEY ABSOLUTELY DID NOT NEED OUR $25M IN CONCESSIONS TO BALANCE THEIR BUDGET.  Read our budget analysis HERE.  And they aren’t going to need our pay restorations delayed to balance their budget in the coming years either.  If anyone else tries to tell you otherwise, remind them that you know how to read the budget, too.

Click HERE for our detailed analysis of the District budget.

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