Bargaining Update

March 22th, 23rd, and 24h, 2015


The OEA and OUSD Bargaining Teams worked for 3 days, from9:00 to almost 6:00. These meetings were not constructed to exchange language or reach formal agreements but rather to generate ideas based on values and interests that may eventually lead to acceptable proposals. Although no agreements were made, there was constructive engagement between OEA and OUSD Bargaining Teams around:


Article 12 Transfer: timeline for filling vacancies, voluntary transfers, and assignments


Article 15 Class Size and Caseload: addressing Programs for Exceptional Children


Article 21 Special Services: addressing counselor ratios, adult education hourly member preparation time and payment options, addressing the number of initial assessments assigned to individual to resource specialists, and increased supports for speech and language pathologists.


Parties have made a serious commitment of time by scheduling additional sessions both during the week and on the weekend:


April 19th, 20th, and 21st

April 26th and April 27th

May 11th12th and May 26th


March 9 and 10, 2015


On March 9th and 10th the OEA and OUSD bargaining teams met. Although no agreements were made, there was constructive engagement between OEA and OUSD representatives around the articles below. 


Article 21 Special Services: Counselor ratios and Adult Education Hourly preparation time and payment options.

Article 25 Peer Assistance and Review: Confidentiality of Interim Progress Reporting between Referred Teacher and Consulting Teacher.


Both Bargaining Teams decided to forego, for the time being, the passing of hard language across the table and instead passed ideas and "supposeables" that reflected the interests of both parties but are non-binding.


The OUSD Bargaining Update again referred to an additional 1.5% salary increase if OEA agreed to align our health care premium cost to the other OUSD bargaining units. This needs further clarification.


HEALTH BENEFITS ARE NOT A PART OF THE CURRENT NEGOTIATIONS. No changes to health benefits will result from the current bargaining.


What OUSD has previously proposed, in separate bargaining on health care, is that Kaiser remain free and OEA members with the Health Net plan pay the difference in premium costs between Kaiser and Health Net. Most other OUSD unions have that in their agreements.


What would that difference look like?


2014-2015          KAISER          HEALTH NET          DIFFERENCE


Employee         548.21            783.58                   235.37

Employee +1  1096.42          1539.49                   443.07

Family             1551.43          2227.72                   676.29


The parties have made a serious commitment of time by scheduling more sessions both during the week and on the weekend:


March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

April 19th, 20th, and 21st

May 12th and May 26th

OEA Bargaining Update
February 24, 2015
On February 24, 2015 the OEA and OUSD bargaining teams met.
The OUSD bargaining team presented a package proposal to your OEA team in response to our package proposal presented on February 10th, 2015.
In summary, the only change from the district's prior package is in Article 24:  Compensation.  They are now offering 0.5% more for 2015-2016 bringing their offer from 3.0% to 3.5% beginning January 1, 2016.
Both teams felt a bit stuck in the process that we have been engaging in so far. We also agreed that we are not ready to call it quits. In an effort to move forward from this point, both teams agreed to engage in a different process at the table. Rather than "taking turns" on presenting proposals and waiting for the other side to make movement, we will attempt to co-construct proposals in areas where we feel stuck. Ideas and options will be generated to examine each party's interests on key articles, and areas of concern will be tackled with the goal of reaching contractual solutions.
Officially, these conversations will be non-binding, parties will preserve their prior (pre-package) positions and proposals, and parties may still opt to present counter proposals. 
Both teams also agreed that in order to create a safe climate where risk taking and candid and courageous conversations can occur what is postulated would remain confidential. Information will be made public as soon as either side makes a formal proposal or when any agreement is reached on an article.
Both parties have made a serious commitment of time by scheduling more sessions both during the week and on the weekend:
March 9th and 10th
March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th
April 19th, 20th, and 21st
May 12th and May 26th
More sessions may be scheduled for the month of May after an assessment of progress in March.

Bargaining Update 2/10/15

On February 10th, 2015 the OEA and OUSD bargaining teams met.

Your OEA bargaining team presented a package proposal to the OUSD team in response to their package proposal presented on January 27, 2015.

The intent of package proposals is often to signal priorities to the other party. With the approval of the OEA Executive Board, your OEA Bargaining Team crafted a package proposal. In summary, we have changed our position on the term of this agreement and extended it to include the 2016-2017 school year.  This allowed us to change our position on when implementation of student centered demands like extra preps, caps on Sp. Ed. class size/caseloads, decreasing counselor ratios, as well as salary increases would begin. The goal is to give the district more time to reprioritize its budget and current allocations to meet our demands sooner rather than never. 

At the close of our session, the OUSD team clearly communicated that they have not been given the authority to reach a settlement without their proposal on Article 12 Assignment/Transfer/Vacancy/Consolidation Policy and Article 27 Task Force To Implement School Site Flexibility And Intensive Support Schools Intervention.  They also said they do not have the authority to reach an agreement that includes caps on special education class sizes/caseloads.

It was made explicit that there is no settlement without OEA members conceding current contractual protections in Article 12. Currently, when vacancies occur, OEA members displaced by school closure or consolidation or involuntary transfer or when returning from leave, have the right to choose positions based on seniority.  Seniority is not the key determinant for filling vacancies except in these situations.  The District has proposed giving principals essentially 100% decision making power in personnel selection, creating an alternate job pool of those displaced from their classrooms, and placing new and current educators at the same level in placement priority. Their proposal around Article 27 would allow schools to circumvent the existing contract waiver process to give the district flexibility in implementing unproven education “reforms” like those at non-union charter schools whose educators have no contractual rights.

Please keep yourself informed! Follow the links below to read the exact language presented by both your OEA Bargaining Team and the district team.

OEA Package Proposal

OUSD Package Proposal

What happens during bargaining?

Learn about the State of California's
Collective Bargaining Process

View the slide show
How We Got Here:

OEA’s Long Fight for Quality Public Education and a Fair Contract.
(A history of bargaining in the OEA through pictures produced by OEA's Craig Gordon)
OR download the Power Point with effects.

Your OEA Bargaining Team Members

Kei Swensen, Chair, Sankofa Academy

Steve Randall, Lafayette Elementary School

Vincent Tolliver, Claremont Middle School

Jennifer Formoso, Thornhill Elementary School

Doug Appel, CTA staff