Our negotiations team met with the RCSS team of Friday, June 10th.
We had a few items to work out, including salary and benefits. We reached an agreement on our STEP program. (Replaces PAR) It puts in place a very simple process for teachers to ask for and receive assistance in a variety of areas. If a teacher asks voluntarily for assistance no record would go in their file. The assistance will come from a fellow educator who has applied to be a support. Please read the STEP Language in our contract. It is much better if you have an evaluation with needs to improve in any area to ask for help voluntarily, before you receive an unsatisfactory review that may trigger mandatory participation and includes records being added to your personnel file.
We made a final proposal for first row compression (1.41 net increase and asked for 7.6% on schedule for a total of 9% salary increase overall for the 2016-17 year and another first row compression and 8.5% on schedule for the 2017-18 year. The RCSS continued to offer the same amount as first stated, and based on our survey, the membership indicated that was not acceptable. Did I raise the expectations for members by communicating in the survey? I hope so! Unfortunately this means that our MOU’s will be ending and not renewed until we have an agreement. I have posted the survey on our website for your perusal.
Because we were not close to an agreement on salary we declared a mutual impasse. Meetings will be scheduled through the summer with a mediator in an attempt to resolve the impasse. We will continue to inform our members through county email, and as always feel free to contact your Union leadership if you have questions or concerns. Our website will have updates as well. www.RCOTA.us .
For those of you who missed our General Membership meeting held at the Cask & Cleaver in Riverside here are a few highlights:
Elections for officers were announced. They are listed here with committee chairs
President Mike Bochicchio
Vice President and Negotiations Chair Angela Tenneriello
Treasurer and State Council Rep Castella Ysaguirre
Secretary Sandra Montreal-Hernandez
East Area Rep and Grievance Chair Lionel Castro
South County Rep and Organizing Chair Peter Smith
West Area Rep / REEP Angela Calloway-Thorton
Negotiations were discussed
Susan Rainey Riverside County BOE president spoke to the membership
Retiree’s announced … Sheryl Bell our Membership Chair and dedicated State Council Rep is retiring. Volunteers for the position of Membership chair we encouraged for consideration.
In fact, volunteers for committees are always welcome, as we move through impasse and perhaps Fact Finding, we will need people on organizing to assist in making our voices heard.
Every person can write letters to their area trustee board members and invite them to your classroom and educate them as to the dedication and excellence we offer as Professional educators for RCOE, and ask only for respect and comparable pay. The BOE does not have to power to grant our raises, but they do approve the budget and can question it if they are receiving continuous communications from their constituents.
The meeting ended with numerous members being awarded gifts from our vendors at the drawing. We appreciate all the members who have communicated with the Leadership and encourage continued dialogue. Remember…. Union begins with U!