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BUSD Bargaining Update

Byron Teachers Association

BTA declares impasse, rejecting District’s offer of 4% one time salary compensation for the 2021-2022 school year

Posted: February 16,2022

BUSD Bargaining Update: BTA

February 2, 2022 Bargaining Session

The move by the teachers’ union halts negotiations this month and paves the way for impasse mediation next month. 

The District and BTA have been meeting to negotiate a successor agreement for 2020-2023 and compensation for the 2021-2022 school year. We met on September 22, 2021,  November 17, 2021, December 15, 2021, January 26, 2022 and February 2, 2022. The District and BTA have had productive dialogue at all sessions.  The District expressed that it values its partnership with BTA  and appreciate making progress together on several articles for the new contract, including Article 7: Compensation, Article 12: Teaching Hours, Article 13: Work Year, Article 14: Safety, Article 15: Class Size/Caseload, Article 16: Leaves, Article 22: PAR, and Appendix E. At our recent meetings on January 26 and February 2, 2022, we reviewed the district’s financial information including the 1st interim report, comparative salaries, unrestricted/restricted budgets for multiple years, and other financial information.

On December 16, 2021, The First Interim Financial Report was brought to the Board and was approved by a 5-0 vote. To view this report please visit the link: First Interim Report

On February 2, 2022, BTA requested a 5.07% on the salary schedule and 3% off salary compensation.  

On Friday, February 11, 2022 the district provided its best and final offer, for Article 7: Compensation, of 4% off the salary schedule funded by 1 time revenues. The District expressed regret that declining enrollment and increased pensions costs, along with other factors, have led to reductions in ongoing revenue that do not allow for any change in salary schedules for the current year.  At this time, the district was awaiting a response from BTA.

As of February 15, 2022, BTA membership has declared impasse with their last and final offer of 5.07% on the salary schedule plus a one time 3% off salary raise.

As of February 16, 2022, we have been assigned a mediator and are working on confirming dates for mediation.

On February 24, 2022, the District and BTA met with the state appointed Mediator. After this meeting, both parties were referred to Fact Finding.

As of February 28, 2022, the District received confirmation of Fact Finding from PERB (Public Employment Relations Board). The District and BTA are in the process of Fact Finding now.

On March 9, 2022, the Mediator certified the matter to Fact-Finding. 

On March 22, 2022, the Fact-Finding chairperson was notified of their assignment. 

On April 13, 2022, the Fact-Finding panel, BUSD, and BTA negotiation teams met and a Tentative Agreement was reached and signed. 

Click here to access the Districts Fact-Finding Binder Information.

The following joint statement was made at 8:33 pm:

The District and BTA are pleased to announce that after a successful day, we have come to a tentative agreement on compensation. Both sides worked diligently to achieve a settlement and both parties look forward to finalizing the details around the remaining articles. More information regarding the details of the settlement will be made available in the afternoon of April 14, 2022.

Collaboratively, Negotiation Teams from the District and BTA

On April 15, 2022, the following joint statement was made regarding the Tentative Agreement:

Good afternoon,

As stated in our past communications, the Byron Union School District (BUSD) and the Byron Teachers Association (BTA) have been negotiating in good faith toward a reasonable salary settlement that meets everyone’s interests. The District and BTA negotiations team are happy to announce that after a successful day on April 13, 2022, we have come to a tentative agreement on compensation. The details of this tentative agreement are as follows:

For the 2021-2022 School year, there will be a 2.5% increase to the current 2021-2022 salary schedule retroactive to July 1, 2021 and a 3% one time off the salary schedule payment. Both of these will be available for employees who are employed as of April 13, 2022.

For the 2022-2023 School year, there will be a 2.5% increase to the 2021-2022 salary schedule in effect as of June 30, 2022, effective July 1, 2022, a 2.0% increase to the salary schedule in effect as of July 1, 2022, effective January 1, 2023, and a 1.0% one time off salary schedule applied to the January 1, 2023, salary schedule for unit members employed as of January 1, 2023.

As for the other remaining articles, language that was mutually agreed upon prior to the April 13, 2022 tentative agreement were solidified and those still in question were removed or remained status quo for the remainder of this contract.

The next step in this process is for BTA members to take a ratification vote, which is set for Monday April 18, 2022. If BTA ratifies the tentative agreement, then the District will send it to the Contra Costa County Office of Education for review and approval. Once approved, it will then come before the BUSD Board of Trustees for approval.

This has been a long road, however we are thankful for the tireless efforts from both parties negotiation teams and look forward to continuing the collaborative relationship that we have built. For other information, please visit our Bargaining Update page on the district website: https://www.byronunionschooldistrict.us/bargainingupdate.

Respectfully,

BUSD District Negotiations Team & BTA Negotiations Team

 

Below is an FAQ regarding these negotiations and next steps in the impasse process.

FAQ on BTA Negotiations

Q. What are the next steps now that an impasse has been declared?

A. At this time there are no future negotiation sessions scheduled. 

On February 15, 2022, BTA filed an Impasse Declaration with the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) declaring that further discussions would not be productive to reach an agreement and that the appointment of a state mediator is needed. 

On February 16, PERB determined that an impasse exists, and will refer the case to a mediator who will contact both parties to schedule a mediation session. The District and BTA will work with the assigned mediator in an attempt to reach an agreement on some or all of the outstanding issues. If no agreement is reached through mediation, and the mediator determines that fact-finding is appropriate, the parties will be certified to fact-finding

In fact-finding, a panel including a representative selected by each party and a neutral chairperson will review documents and information presented by both sides. If the parties do not reach agreement on outstanding issues during or after the fact-finding hearing, the fact-finding panel will issue written findings of fact and recommended terms of settlement to the parties. The findings of fact and recommendations are submitted in writing to the parties before they are made public. The District is required to make these findings and recommendations publicly available within 10 days of receiving them. After that, the District may implement its last, best and final offer and BTA could accept the District’s offer or strike. 

Prior to striking, the teachers’ union must receive the support of its members for a strike through a vote, and must give the District reasonable notice of an intent to strike. 

Q. Which articles have BUSD and BTA reached Tentative Agreements on?

A. At this time, no tentative agreements have been made on any of the articles listed above.