Collective Bargaining Updates

Stay up-to-date on the status of negotiations between the SJCSD, SJEA, and SJESPA

10-5-2023

The session between St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Educational Support Personnel Association (SJESPA) was held at Fullerwood Training Center with a 6:00PM start.

SJCSD proposed the following:

Agreed at last meeting to a total compensation package in the amount of 1.2 million and would bring back the details of the compensation packet.  The following is the proposal:

  • No future increases and advancement on the Salary Schedule will be implemented until they are negotiated in an agreement and ratified by the respective parties.
  • One step increase for all eligible employees.
  • Increase hourly rates of pay (when necessary) to ensure that each step between 0 and Step 13 increases by a minimum of $400.00 annually.  Increase of an annual value of $400.00 for Step 14 based upon the maximum possible hours and days for each salary schedule.  All increases shall be effective July 1, 2023.
  • Change to starting hourly rate (Step 0) on Bus Operator Schedule to $18.00 per hour.
  • Change to starting hourly rate (Step 0) on Maintenance Mechanic Schedule to $20.00 per hour.
  • Any full-time non-instructional employees that received up to and including the $750 supplement during the 2022-2023 school year will receive the same dollar amount for the 2023-2024 school year which will be paid at the end of the school year on a separate check or via a separate direct deposit (depending on how the employee receives their pay during the school year). *
  •  Any full-time non-instructional employees that received up to and including the $500 supplement during the 2022-2023 school year will receive the same dollar amount for the 2023-2024 school year which will be paid at the end of the school year on a separate check or via a separate direct deposit (depending on how the employee receives their pay during the school year). *
  • No additional employees will receive longevity supplements.
  • No increase to employee contribution for medical, dental and vision insurance.

* – Employees working less than the contractual full-time amount of 6.0 hours for food service, 7.50 for 186 days, 7.5 hours for 196 days, or 8 hours for 252 days will earn a prorated amount based upon their new hourly rate of pay.

Cost for package: $1,179,839 (2.26%)

MOUs proposed:

  • MOU – Hurricane Idalia Make up Day
  • MOU – Sign on Bonus for Bus Operators – $500 to entry level operator and $500 to recruiting employee – must remain in position for 15 months before payment.
  • MOU – Sign on Bonus for ESE Paraprofessionals – $500 newly hired on or after November 1, 2023 – must remain in position for 5 months.

Appendix E – Field Trip Procedures for Transportation

Appendix F – Safe Operator Plan for Transportation

Salary Schedule for Bus Operators and Maintenance Mechanic- raise Step 0 for Bus Operators to $18.00 and raise Step 0 for Maintenance Mechanics to $20.00.

SJESPA Counterproposal:

MOU sign on for ESE Paraprofessionals to give $500 for new ESE paraprofessionals and $250 for existing ESE Paraprofessionals

MOU- Salary Schedules for Bus Operators starting salary at $17.50 and Maintenance Mechanics starting salary at $19.00, no less than $450 per step increase and $500 for step 14.

Would like to see a salary committee formed to review the salary schedules. One SJESPA member from each pay class would be represented.

SJCSD counter proposal

  • Compensation:
  • agree to start Maintenance Mechanics at $19.00 per hour and start Bus Operators at $17.50 per hour.
  • No increase to the MOU for ESE paraprofessionals who already are in the position for a one-time bonus of $500.
  • The district proposed instead a “holiday” for the medical, dental and vision premiums for the month of December.  An employee that has the Hospital Plan 2 family plan, Dental Plan 2 family and vision family would save $771.
  • An increase to the hourly rate of pay (when necessary) to ensure that each step between 0 and Step 13 increases by a minimum of $450 annually and Step 14 an annual value of $500.

SJESPA and SJCSD tentatively agreed to:

Additional salary schedules will be posted at a later date.  Thank you to both bargaining teams.

 

 

SJEA Ratification

On Wednesday, October 4th and Thursday, October 5th teachers will begin ratification of the negotiated agreement for the 2023-2024 school year.  Once it has passed ratification, the negotiated agreement will be presented to the Board for approval.  This is the list of Articles and MOUs that were tentatively agreed upon between St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Education Association.

Compensation language

Compensation Pay For Performance

Appendix D Medical Plan

Opt-In Form 2023-2024

MOU- Working Remotely Planning Days

MOU- Early Transfer Process 2024-2025

MOU – Hiring for NN and OO

MOU- Future Teachers

MOU- St. Johns Tech

MOU_ Gaines Alternative

MOU-Teachers-Providing-Emergency-Class-Coverage

MOU- Hurricane Idalia

Article VI – Professional Employee Working Conditions

Article VIII – Transfers and Reassignments

Article X – Teacher Inservice

Article XVII – Supplements

 

September 25, 2023

The session between St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) was held at the Fullerwood Training Center with a 5:30PM start.

Key take away points:

SJEA proposal for the following:

  • MOU – Early Transfer Process for 2024-2025
  • MOU – Hiring for new school “NN” and “OO” for the 2023-2024
  • Article XVII – Extra Pay for Extra Duty (Supplements)
  • Appendix D – Medical Plan

SJCSD proposal for the following:

  • MOU – Working Remotely during Planning Days
  • Article VI – Professional Employee Working Conditions
  • Article VIII – Transfers and Reassignments
  • Opt – In form
  • Compensation

Gretchen Saunders presented financial update for the 2023-2024 school year – fourth calculations – SJEA Sept 25

St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) agreed on the following for the 2023-2024 school year:

 

September 20, 2023

The session between St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) was held at the Fullerwood Training Center with a 5:00PM start.

Key take away points:

St. Johns Education Association counter proposal for Article XVI – Professional Employee Compensation

  • Number of years of experience
  • 1-5 years of experience = $688.00
  • 6-10 years of experience = $1,375.00
  • 11-15 years of experience = $2.063.00
  • >16 years of experience = $2,750.00

Pay for Performance:

  • Grandfathered/Effective = $75.00
  • Highly Effective = $100.00

St. Johns County School District proposed.

St. Johns Education Association:

 

St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) agreed on the following increase for the 2023-2024 school year:

  • MOU – Gaines Alternative and The Evelyn Hamblen Center
  • MOU – St. Johns Technical High School
  • MOU – Future Teacher

 

September 18, 2023

The session between St. Johns Educational Support Professional Association (SJESPA) and St. Johns County School District was held at the Fullerwood Training Center with a 6:00PM start.

Key take away points:

  • St. Johns County School District proposed the following increase for Article XII – Compensation
        • Support Staff bargaining unit will receive a total package of 1.1 million.
        • SJESPA and SJCSD negotiating teams will work collaboratively to create an appropriate plan for the 1.1 million.
        • Insurance premiums for 2023-2024 school year will be negotiated at a future session.
        • Raises will be retro to July 1, 2023.
  • St Johns Educational Support Professional Association (SJESPA) counteroffer for Article XII – Compensation
        • Support Staff bargaining unit will receive total package of 1.2 million.
        • SJESPA and SJCSD negotiating teams will work collaboratively to create an appropriate plan for the 1.2 million.
        • Raises will be retro to July 1, 2023.

Article XII – Compensation 2023-2024 school year

St. Johns County School District and St. Johns Educational Support Professional Association (SJESPA) agreed on the following increase for the 2023-2024 school year:

  • The support staff bargaining unit, SJESPA will receive a total of 1.2 million for salary increases.
  • SJESPA and SJCSD negotiating teams will work collaboratively to create an appropriate distribution plan for the 1.2 million.
  • Raises will be retro back to July 1, 2023.

 

 

September 6, 2023

The session was a combined session with St. Johns Education Association (SJEA) and St. Johns Educational Support Professional Association (SJESPA) which was held at the Fullerwood Training Center with a 5:00PM start.

Key take away points:

St. Johns Education Association proposed changes to Article VIII – Transfers and Reassignments.  The proposed changes would incorporate the MOU-Opening New Schools into the contract. – Article VIII- Transfers and Reassignments SJEA Proposal #1

The MOU and articles presented were not acted upon.

 

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