- Tahoe Truckee USD
TTEA and TTUSD Negotiations Update
Today the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association held the first day of negotiations in alignment with our adopted norms for the 2022-2023 school year.
For this round of negotiations, the District opened Articles 4 – Hours of Employment, Article 5 – Transfers/Reassignment. TTEA opened Article 10 - Leaves and Article 11 – Class Size. Article 12 – Health and Welfare Benefits, and Article 13 – Wages were opened by both.
The District’s initial wage proposal is an ongoing 5% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2022 and an increase to the District’s contribution towards employee-only health benefits. TTEA proposed a 10% increase retroactive to July 1, and adjustments to the salary schedule equivalent to at least an additional 2.6% salary increase for a total proposal of at least 12.6%.
The District reported that its financial condition has improved since the adoption of the 2022 - 2023 Proposed Budget on June 21, 2022. As a Basic Aid District, we rely on property taxes as our primary revenue source. The 2022 - 2023 Proposed Budget included a projected increase in property tax revenues of 5.66% which provided for a positive Unrestricted General Fund Balance of approximately $790,000 (i.e., unrestricted revenues less unrestricted expenditures). Fortunately, the Assessors’ Tax Rolls came in much higher at 9.51%, which equates to approximately $2.3 Million in additional property tax revenue. This, combined with new ongoing State revenues of $1.2 Million and over $1.47 Million in new staffing and support costs added after the initial budget adoption leaves a positive Unrestricted General Fund Balance of $3.08 Million. Details on these budget changes can be found in our 45-day Budget revision which was presented to the Board on August 3, 2022. As a point of reference, the cost of a 1% salary increase for all employees is approximately $561,000.
In addition, the parties exchanged language regarding staff collaboration time (District), involuntary transfer (District), application for vacancy time-lines (District), class size (TTEA), quarantine leave (TTEA) and personal necessity leave (TTEA).
The District is analyzing TTEA’s proposals to determine the total ongoing costs. The parties meet again on Tuesday October 4 to continue this conversation.
TTEA and TTUSD met today to prepare for 2022-2023 negotiations. The parties exchanged sunshine articles, collaboratively developed norms for bargaining and Todd Rivera, Chief Business Officer, presented a budget review. A special board meeting will be held on Monday, September 26, 2022 at which TTUSD and TTEA will present their proposed sunshine articles to the Board of Education ,hold a public hearing, and take action on TTUSD’s proposal.
Negotiations officially begin next week on September 29th.