SDEA Bargaining Team Reaches Tentative Agreement on a Fair and Competitive Salary Increase

Posted on September 30, 2016

After seven rounds of negotiations that first began last school year, your SDEA bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement on a fair and competitive 4% across-the-board salary increase for all of our members. If ratified by the SDEA membership, this increase would bring our highest step for most of our members to over $95,000 a year, in addition to substantially improving career earnings.

Under the terms of the tentative agreement, this pay increase would be implemented in two phases:

·         3% of the raise will be retroactive to July 1, 2016 for every SDEA member.

·         A compounded 1% increase effective January 1, 2017 for SDEA members who are on the 12 pay plan and February 1, 2017 for those on the 10 pay plan.

Although there was interest in restructuring the salary schedule, we could not reach agreement on a restructure of teachers’ salaries. Both parties realized more work and time was needed to finalize a restructure. For that reason, we focused instead on negotiating an across-the-board percentage salary increase that would improve compensation of our members, while helping the district recruit and retain the best and brightest educators. We feel strongly we achieved that goal.

In addition, we also reached agreement on a fair hourly compensation plan for supervision duties at sporting events, dances, etc. Additionally, the parties reached agreement on compacting the Early Childhood Education (ECE) salary schedules from twenty-four (24) to seventeen (17) steps improving career earnings and moving Audiologists from the Appendix A to Appendix G, Speech and Language Pathologists salary schedule.

In order to go into effect, this tentative agreement must be approved by a vote of the SDEA membership and the SDUSD Board of Education. Stay tuned for further details on the ratification vote.

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