Mt. Diablo Schools M&O News, Summer 2007
Jeff Apkarian, Business Agent
SPECIAL NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
Be advised that the District's 6/11/07 total compensation offer is
grossly inadequate. The details are as follows:
The District has offered 3.8% total compensation that includes the
equivalent of a 1.8% increase for 2007-2008 to maintain medical benefits.
In addition, the District has proposed to cover the increase cost of
medical benefits for the years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Dental and vision
coverage would also be fully paid by the District for all these years,
although it is not being counted as part of the compensation increase.
The salary increase proposal offers a 2% raise as of 7/1/07 with a
salary reopener for 2008-2009.
The District is telling our negotiating team that the total compensation
offer of 3.8% is 'nearly equal' to the proposed COLA of 4.53% per the
Governor's May Revise Budget. The District is also claiming that the
'effective' COLA based on declining enrollment for 2007-2008 is actually
2.4%. Essentially, their position is that their offer of 3.8% is reasonable,
based upon the 'effective' COLA being 2.4%.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
- Local One M&O (and CST) have rejected the District's proposal.
- The teachers are already at 'impasse' in their negotiations and there is no reason for classified employees to accept an inadequate offer, especially since we don't know more about what the teachers will ultimately receive.
- There will be no more negotiation sessions until school opens in the fall.
- Members are to be prepared for action events to respond to the District's inadequate offer, including attendance at school board meetings, literature distribution, etc.
Sacramento Superior Court Negotiations Update
Larry Edginton, Business Agent
UPE Local #1 has started contract negotiations for the Sacramento County
Superior Court Office-Technical and Professional bargaining units.
Negotiators hope to reach new agreements with the Court prior to the
September 30th expiration date of our current contracts.
UPE began this year's negotiations by developing and distributing
bargaining surveys to all Superior Court employees. Survey areas included
salaries, benefits, classification/career development, leaves and other
working conditions. Responses to the survey have been tabulated by Court
Bargaining Action Committee (BAC) and forwarded to negotiating team
members to help them in preparing bargaining proposals.
Office-Technical Unit negotiating team members are Tamara Rosales,
Toda, Geri Bradford-Hill, Patrick Lawson, Cynthia Carrillo, Phyllis
Crescenti, Brooke Henrickson, Robin Nobbs and Casey Vestito. Professional
Unit negotiating team members are Lynne Zahnley, Dwayne Johnson, Joyce
Medari and Oneatha Herne.
Negotiating team members met with Court management on May 11th and
unlike the 2004 negotiations they were able to quickly reach an agreement
on negotiations ground rules. Office-Technical and Professional Unit
negotiating teams will be negotiating with the Court every other Tuesday
and Wednesday. Professional Unit negotiators will return to the bargaining
table again on June 19th and the Office-Technical team will return on
The next Bargaining Action Committee (BAC) meeting will be on
Wednesday, June 20th at 6:00 PM at the UPE office. BAC members play
an important role in contract negotiations by assisting negotiators
in bargaining preparation, member communication, and coordinating
workplace activities in support of bargaining. All members are invited
to attend the BAC meeting. As always, the more members are involved in
the negotiations process, the better the new contracts will be! Be
certain to attend the BAC meeting and bring a friend with you!
EDCEA Contract Negotiations have begun
Jere Copeland, Executive Director
We have started negotiations for a new contract with El Dorado County
even though our current contract runs through December 31, 2007. We began
negotiations early this year in the hopes of coming to an agreement before
the current MOU expires, something that hasn't happened in recent years.
Our first meeting with El Dorado County, which dealt mostly with preliminary
and administrative issues was on May 23rd. Our next meeting is scheduled
for June 14th when we will begin to deal with the specific items to be
negotiated this year.
I want to thank everyone who filled out the member survey and returned
it. It is this kind of feedback we need to bring forward the issues that
are important to you to the County. As negotiations progress, we will keep
you informed of where we are and what is on the table.
Once we get a tentative agreement with the County on all the issues we
will bring the entire package to you, the members, for a vote. This is your
chance to let the County know where we stand. Only members can vote for the
contract and that is why I am appealing to all of you who are not currently
members to join the Union. The difference in cost for the average County
employee between being a full member and being what we call a 'fee-payer'
is less than four dollars a month. The advantage to being a member is that
you can vote on important issues that affect you, such as the contract,
the dues structure and to elect officers in the Union. In addition, any
member has the right to run for office in the Union or to run for our Board
of Directors. If you want to become a member or just want to learn more
about the Union, please call our office or contact any of the officers
listed in the newsletter.
Housing Authority CCC
By DeJohn Williams, Business Agent
The Housing Authority of Contra Costa County has hired Joseph Villareal
as the new Executive Director. Joseph Villareal was previously the
Executive Director at the Oakland Housing Authority. The former HACCC
Executive Director, Rudy Tamayo, recently stepped down and has taken
the position of Assistant Director. Local #1 members have worked without
a contract for the last seven months. The Local #1 bargaining team for
the HACCC are more solid then ever this time in negotiations.
Contra Costa Community College District Tentative Agreement PDF click
Contra Costa County Office of Education Tentative Agreement PDF click here