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TTEA and TTUSD Negotiations Update

11.29.22

On Tuesday, November 29, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association participated in a fifth day of negotiations in alignment with our adopted norms for the 2022-2023 school year. 

The District presented language counter proposals for Articles 5, 10 and 11 and for wages.  For wages the District proposed a 7% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2022. In addition, the District proposed a one time lump sum stipend of $500, prorated by FTE and paid out in two installments. This wage proposal represents a total of a 7.53% increase to TTEA and allows the District to provide a fair increase to all District employees  while maintaining its fiduciary responsibilities to the school community.  

A 7% salary increase for the TTEA bargaining unit is approximately $2,156,000.  (For ease of comparison attached here is a copy of the current TTEA salary schedule and a draft of the schedule with the 7% increase applied here.) The cost of a 7% salary increase for all employees is $3,927,000. 

Rather than providing a single counter proposal to the multiple proposals provided by the District today, TTEA declared an impasse in bargaining. 

As a next step, TTEA must petition the State’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB will then determine if an impasse in negotiations exists. If PERB determines that the parties are at an impasse, and additional bargaining would be futile, the division of State Mediation and Conciliation will appoint a neutral mediator. The mediator will work with both parties to reach a mediated settlement to these negotiations.


10.25.22

On Tuesday, October 25, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association participated in a fourth day of negotiations in alignment with our adopted norms for the 2022-2023 school year. 
 
While the parties are making progress on some language for the collective bargaining agreement, we remain far apart regarding salary compensation. The District increased its wage proposal to a 7% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2022.  This proposal allows the District to provide a fair increase to TTEA and others in the District while maintaining its fiduciary responsibilities.  A 7% salary increase for the TTEA bargaining unit is approximately $2,156,000.  (For ease of comparison attached here is a copy of the current TTEA salary schedule and a draft of the schedule with the 7% increase applied here (https://tinyurl.com/282klk2t). In addition, the cost of a 7% salary increase for all employees is $3,927,000.
 
In response to the District’s proposal, TTEA proposed an 11.5% increase with 8% across the schedule for all unit members and 3.5% towards compressing the salary schedule. The cost of an 11.5% salary increase for TTEA  is approximately $3,542,000 and the cost of an 11.5% salary increase for all employees is $6,451,500. This amount far exceeds the additional property tax revenue received for this year.
 
The District must review all proposals in light of its current budget. The 2022 - 2023 Proposed Budget included a projected increase in property tax revenues of 5.66% or $3.2 Million.  On the expenditure side, the Proposed Budget also included cost increases of over $993,000 in salaries for new certificated and classified support positions, approximately $745,000 in salary increases associated with employee movement on the salary schedules, and over $1 Million in rate increases for the employer contributions to CalSTRS and CalPERS retirement programs.  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. Based on projections, the District believes that this positive unrestricted General Fund Balance of $3.08 Million will be available on an ongoing basis for additional staffing, new programs, and salary increases for employees.
  
The parties are scheduled to meet again on November 8 to continue negotiations.


10.18.22

Today the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association participated in a third day of negotiations in alignment with our adopted norms for the 2022-2023 school year.  

The District and TTEA presented counterproposals for Article 5 – Transfers/Reassignments and are close to agreement on some language within the Article.  

In addition, the District presented counterproposals Articles 4 – Hours of Employment, Article 11 – Class Size, Article 12 – Health and Welfare Benefits, and Article13 – Wages. TTEA provided a counter proposal on Article 11- Class Size and Article 4 – Hours of Employment.  

The District increased its wage proposal from 6% retroactive to July 1, 2022 to 6% and an off schedule one-time amount equivalent to 1%. In addition, the District agreed to TTEA’s October 4 proposal regarding an increase to the Health and Welfare benefits as follows:  

Employee Only $9,020 
Employee+1 $10,420 
Employee+ Family $14,220 

Although the District agreed to TTEA’s full Article 12 – Health and Welfare Benefits’ proposal, TTEA stated that they did not agree that the parties reached tentative agreement for this article.  

The parties meet again on Tuesday October 25 to continue this conversation.  


 10.4.22

On Tuesday, October 4,2022,  the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Tahoe Truckee Education Association held the second day of negotiations in alignment with our adopted norms for the 2022-2023 school year. 

The District presented counter proposals Article 10 - Leaves and Article 11 – Class Size,  and Article 13 – Wages. Specifically, the District increased its wage proposal from 5% to 6% retroactive to July 1, 2022. Linked for your convenience is a draft salary schedule reflective of the District’s October 4, 2022 offer with the 6% included here.

TTEA presented counter proposals Articles 4 – Hours of Employment, Article 11 – Class Size, Article 12 – Health and Welfare Benefits, and Article13 – Wages.  

The parties did not reach any tentative agreements. 

In addition, the parties discussed creating time for additional teacher professional development, grade level meetings, curricular planning, site improvement plans and inter-site collaboration.

The parties again had a lengthy discussion regarding the District's budget and wage proposals. 

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% or $3.2 Million.  On the expenditure side, the Proposed Budget also included cost increases of over $993,000 in salaries for new certificated and  classified support positions, approximately $745,000 in salary increases associated with employee movement on the salary schedules, and over $1 Million in rate increases for the employer contributions to CalSTRS and CalPERS retirement programs.  

The combination of revenues over expenditures 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 District employees is approximately $561,000. A 6% salary increase for all District employees is approximately $3.4 million. 

During the discussion with TTEA on October 4,  regarding Article 13 – Wages, the District explained its analysis that TTEA’s September 29, proposal to compress the salary schedule (reduce the number of steps to reach the top salary) created significant inequities within the step and column. 

As such, the District suggested the parties create a District/TTEA committee to study potential modifications to decrease the number of steps required to reach the step with the highest compensation. TTEA declined the District’s offer to proceed with  this suggestion.The District is analyzing TTEA’s latest proposals to determine the total ongoing costs. The parties meet again on Tuesday October 18 to continue this important conversation.  


9.29.22

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.  


9.20.22

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.