Bargaining Updates


This word cloud was created from the October 2016-17 Bargaining Survey comments. The survey asked all of our CEA members what articles and issues were most important for reopening in bargaining that year. The bargaining team thinks it's a wonderful visual statement of what matters most to all of us. Your voices have been heard and documented. We are fighting for you!

Our bargaining team works hard to address and find resolution to CEA member concerns during negotiations with the district. At this year's first Joint Collaboration Meeting of the year (representatives from all bargaining units, CUSD Executive Cabinet, and principals), CUSD informed all unions that the district was facing a $3,000,000 deficit. They further stated this deficit would affect any potential union negotiations that would increase employee compensation. Since that time, our bargaining team has been working as a part of the Budgetary Advisory Committee to analyze the budget and come up with recommendations for $3 million in cuts or possible revenue increases. CTA is also helping us review the CUSD budget and expenditures to determine possible areas that might be redirected to increase compensation and improve our current working conditions.

Since that first meeting, CUSD identified about $2.2 million in cuts for 2017-18 through reorganization and elimination of duplicate positions or jobs they deemed unnecessary. This was a decision made by CUSD and not a recommendation from the Budget Advisory Committee, or CEA. In May, the Budget Advisory Committee recommended an additional $1.2 - 1.7 million in cuts which do not directly affect job positions for any of the three unions. Most of those were adopted by the CUSD Board. Prior to LCAP approval by the district and board, CEA recommended over $1 million of the LCAP (CUSD ELD plan) budget to be reallocated toward direct personnel and materials support to teachers with ELD Level 1 and 2 students. Unfortunately, CEA was never contacted back about implementing those recommendations and they were not adopted. It is our hope that future BAC recommended cuts and LCAP reallocation requests will be used toward adding the support teachers need given the increase in our workload, as well as toward compensation. We will continue to address those ELD recommendations and to provide further recommendations for our members.

Below is a list of the MOUs and Tentative Agreements that the CEA Bargaining Team signed with CUSD during our negotiations in 2016-17. There is also a timeline of our bargaining meetings and PDFs of joint communications released through the year.

2017-18 Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

What is an MOU?

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a nonbinding agreement between two or more parties outlining the terms and details of an understanding, including each parties' requirements and responsibilities. An MOU is often the first stage in the formation of a formal contract.

MOUs are not legally binding but are viewed as serious documents by the law. In the United States, an MOU is the same as a letter of intent, which is a non-binding agreement stating a binding agreement will soon follow.

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An MOU is a document that expresses mutual accord on an issue between two or more parties.

Memoranda of understanding are generally recognized as binding, even if no legal claim could be based on the rights and obligations laid down in them. To be legally operative, a memorandum of understanding must (1) identify the contracting parties, (2) spell out the subject matter of the agreement and its objectives, (3) summarize the essential terms of the agreement, and (4) must be signed by the contracting parties. Also called letter of intent.

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2017-18 New MOU (Click on the following headings to view the MOU)

Reduction of Staff Learning Days MOU

CUSD agreed to an approximate 1% salary increase through a 2 day reduction of the work year without a decrease in salary. These days will be taken as non-work days on 2 of the contractual 4 Staff Learning Days . The previously designated Learning Days of October 16 and May 18 are this year's designated MOU non-work days. This MOU language is being added to the current contract and will extend for the length of the contract, through 2018-19.

2017-18 MOU Renewals With Additional Language

Release Days for K-3 teachers for Early Assessments MOU

The MOU for 2016-17 that provided release days for primary teachers was continued and updated. The new language provides an additional day for 1st grade teachers (3 total), specifies that the additional (4th) day for Kindergarten teachers is for pre-assessment of incoming students, and requires teachers to assess students who need to be tested each trimester (which is based on variety of parameters for each grade level) to Instructional Level instead of to benchmarks as previously required. CEA has been working with the district over the summer to establish reasonable best practice guidelines for Rigby requirements. These new EAT Guidelines were emailed by the district on August 7. The individual grade level EAT Guidelines will be sent shortly after that. For a detailed explanation and timeline of the changes to the Rigby requirements, read more...

Release Days for SLPs and Psychologists MOU

The 2016-17 MOU was continued for 2017-18. Language was added to specify the 4 release days must taken in minimums of half days.

Full Time President MOU

CUSD agreed to provide 50% of the salary for the CEA President's full time position and continue to provide full benefits. The MOU is in effect for 2017-18 and 2018-19.

You can also view the MOU's in the folder below.

2017-18 Tentative Agreements

What is a Tentative Agreement?

An agreement reached in collective bargaining negotiations between a school district (CUSD) and union representatives (CEA), is called a Tentative Agreement or T.A. because it is not put into effect until each side (CUSD School Board and CEA membership) has ratified (or voted to approve) it.

2017-18 Tentative Agreements

CEA and CUSD signed our Tentative Agreements (agreed upon contract changes) in June. CEA will present a slideshow of the major points and take questions at an all member meeting on September 6. CEA will post and notify members of the school site where it will be held. Site reps will see the presentation at their August 28 meeting. Reps will bring their site a copy of the Tentative Agreements and ballots to vote on ratification of the new contract. A PDF of the signed Tentative Agreements of the contract language and the slideshow will be posted here after the August 28 meeting.

You can view the tentative agreements in the folder below.


September 20 - CEA and CUSD Teams meet to kick off 17-18 Negotiations


Scheduled meeting for September 2016: canceled by the district

September 2016: Bargaining Survey sent to CEA members

October 2016: Survey vote by CEA Site Reps on Articles to Reopen based on survey results

All scheduled meetings for October and November 2016: canceled by the district, no meetings held

First meeting: December 13, 2016: CEA informed by district that they cannot accept any contract changes that will increase overall employee compensation. Shared and clarified interests.

January 4, 2017: Article 5

January 10, 2017: CUSD Budget Presentations 1) Chris Jew/CUSD 2) Christal Watts/CTA

January 12, 2017: cancelled by CUSD

February 10, 2017: CEA Climate Survey Presentation; Article 5

March 2, 2017: Article 5 Child Bonding/Parental Leave, Personal Necessity

March 20, 2017: Article 5 Leaves, Personal Necessity; Article 7 Special Education

March 22, 2017: Article 5 Leaves, Personal Necessity; Article 12 Teaching Hours

March 31, 2017: Full Time President MOU; Article 7 Special Education

April 5, 2017: Article 7 Special Education

April 19, 2017: cancelled by CUSD

May 11, 2017: CEA Special Ed Survey Presentation; Article 7 Special Education; Article 3 Compensation

May 25, 2017: Article 7 Special Education and ELD; Article 3 Compensation; Article 12 Adjunct Duty

June 2, 2017: Article 7 Special Education; Article 3 Compensation

July 13, 2017: Signed Tentative Agreements for 2016-17

joint CEA-CUSD Negotiations Updates 2016-17