District Dishonors Educators: RSD Proposed Salaries Would Hold REA Members as the Worst-Paid in the Metro Area for Years to Come!
At the June 24th bargain session the district made a three year salary proposal at 3%, 2.5%, and 1.5% for a total of 7%. This falls below the average inflation rate of 2.7% per year. REA members are already at the bottom of the Metro 14 districts. This proposal would keep us there and even cause us to fall further behind. Other metro districts are settling their contracts at an average of 3.5% per year, or 10.5% overall.
The district's latest proposal on salaries is 3.0, 2.0, and 1.5% per year over three years. This "offer" does not even keep pace with inflation and traps members salaries at the bottom of the Metro 14.
Following two weeks of anticipation for a fair offer on salaries, the district declined to make a counter on COLA. RSD is still offering only 1% each year for the next three years. This would sink REA members even further behind last place in the metro 14 district salary ranks.
On Tuesday, 5/18/21, the district made a ludicrous offer of 1% per year over three years to REA members. Thus continues rsd's disrespect to the work of its certified educational staff. The district says it wants to attract and retain quality teachers who represent the diversity of our student population. By offering salaries that are the lowest in the metro 14 this will not happen. For the past 20 years the district has compensated REA members at rates below inflation. THIS MUST STOP HERE AND NOW!
This past Tuesday RSD and REA reached tentative agreement on Article #18, Student Discipline. REA was able to get improved language regarding behavior plans, safety protocols, and timely sharing of information with "need to know members" regarding students with emotional regulation issues. RSD was unwilling to add language regarding restorative justice practices, despite having spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars creating an RJ program and processes. :(
On Thursday evening, 4/1/21, REA and RSD held their second full-on bargain session. The two sides tentatively agreed (TA'd) current language in the unopened articles: preamble, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 25, and 29. The District presented counters to Article 5 (Employee Rights), Article 8 (Emergency Closure), and Article 19 (Tuition, Project, and/or Workshop Reimbursement).
In Article 5 (Employee rights) the two sides were able to agree on new language in several areas except for paying bilingual teachers for translation of curriculum. The Association maintains that members who engage in curriculum translation work should be paid at their full hourly rate and not at curriculum rate. Translation of curriculum is a specialized skill that requires just as much, if not more effort, than any other responsibility members undertake. Being paid at hourly rate is a matter of respect that REA will continue to ask of the District. This article has been put aside for future negotiation.
In Article 8 (Emergency Closure) the District and Association were able to each agreement on language that facilitates a rapid and reasonable remedy for situations in which members fell unwell. If a member feels unwell due to a circumstance or situation in their workplace, the member may speak with their immediate administrative supervisor and mutually agree upon a reasonable remedy (i.e., temporary relocation to another space in the building, seeing a health provider, or going home to recover). This article is to be TA'd.
In Article 19 (Tuition, Project, and/or Workshop Reimbursement) The District and the Association were able to agree on new language providing clearer guidance and process around tuition reimbursements. The reimbursement rates were adjusted to the PSU graduate rates for 2021/22, 2022/23, and 2023.24 years. The sides agreed to expand the definition of approved reimbursement for professional practices and not just instruction. This gives greater latitude to specialists and others not in a traditional classroom role. The $250 professional organizations option was increased to $300. The new language improves opportunities for domestic travel and related expenses for attending workshops and conferences offered outside of Portland or the state of Oregon. The District agreed to provide a mechanism for members to quickly and accurately see their available tuition accounts. The District agreed to provide electronic response to tuition reimbursement requests within 10 working days of the requests. The District agreed to send a reminder to members about submitting proof of course completion. The District was unwilling to consider adjusting the tuition voucher program for members who host student teachers and that section (Section C) will remain at current language. This article is to be TA'd
Next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 5:00 on 4/22/21. The District will bring counters to articles; 7 (Employee Work Year), 18 (Student Discipline, 26 (Student Services), 27 (Class Workload), and 28 (Mentor Program)
Your REA Bargain Team.
Please join the REA Bargaining Team this Thursday, 1 April 2021 starting at 5:00 pm as they negotiate our next contract. This meeting's focus is on Articles 5 (Employee Rights), 8 (Emergency Closure), and 19 (Tuition, Project and/or Workshop Reimbursement).
The REA Bargaining Team will also be providing data supporting our proposed salary increases. We do not, however, expect the district to have its initial proposal for salary increases at this time. You can find minutes from the last bargaining meeting by clicking HERE.
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After both teams discuss their proposals they will go to caucus before returning to the table. During that time, REA will hold an all-member caucus to get feedback, hear concerns/suggestions, and answer questions. This caucus will not begin until the bargaining teams go to caucus.
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We look forward to seeing everyone there!
REAVaccination Sick Leave Grants – Tentative Agreement
, with the exception of the initial "meet & greet."
REA and RSD are getting set to begin a new bargain process for the 2021/2022 school year contract and beyond.
The RSD team includes: Rob Neu, Wade Bakley, Lisa McDonald, Tonya Pruett, Valerie Tewksbury and Rebecca Jourgeneson.
The REA team includes: Joyce Rosenau, Bruce Marh, Molly Frye, Brian Jay, and Bruce Scherer.
Bargain sessions will all be held from 5:00-8:00pm and are open to membership viewing via zoom, with the exception of the first meeting which is "meet & greet." Dates are as follows:
Thursday, 2/18/21 --- "meet & greet"
Thursday, 3/4/21 --- Initial Exchange
Your REA Bargain Team
The Reynolds Education Association and the District have agreed to an MOU on how to move forward with special education testing. A testing center will soon be established on the Edgefield campus. See attached file for text of MOU:
Memorandum of Agreement Between Reynolds School District and Reynolds Education Association on Comprehensive Distance Learning