From Susan Morris
Snowline Teacher's Association President
This is the only topic on everyone’s mind. Due to Governor Newsom’s decision, we will now be re-opening our schools starting with distance learning. As such, the bargaining team has been working overtime to ensure that your working conditions are fair and equitable to the situation. I am going to give you the high points and then summarize for you. We have entered into an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the district to outline the working conditions you as teachers will be expected to follow. There is a piece of legislation that was quickly put into effect for this school year regarding distance learning: SB98.
Many of you have expressed a concern that you want the option of working from home. Well, congratulations, we were able to negotiate that for you!
(See the entire MOU text attached, below.)
So, what does all of this mean to you?
That is the MOU and a brief summary.
A word of caution - This is in no way trying to censor you or what you post online. Should you decide to “leave” early one day and take some mental health time, without calling in the absence - DO NOT POST IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. Keep it to yourself. If you are caught, you can face reprimand and then be required to come to work everyday.
Also, if you are not performing as well as the administration thinks you should be - you aren’t keeping accurate attendance, not enough work, too much busy work, no assessments, not enough grades, poorly attended live sessions or whatever, the administration can, at that time, require you to come to work daily.
These were the items we had to concede to for the district to allow teachers to work from home. Please don’t abuse it.
As always, if there is anything you want information on or need assistance with, please talk to your site rep or you can contact me directly.
Dr. Susan Morris
Phone: 760-868-5400 extension 51061 or classroom: 52107
The Certificated Bargaining Agreement for 2020-2021 is now available here on our site. Check the "Contract" menu item above to take a look. Know your contract and know your rights!
The Snowline Teachers Association would like to share some information about recent budget issues regarding education in California. We hope this information can help us navigate these troubled times a little better.
The California legislature is working on a new budget that will hopefully eliminate a lot of the proposed cuts to education funding. Policymakers face a constitutional deadline to pass a balanced budget by June 15 for the upcoming fiscal year, 2020-21, or they do not get paid. “Wait and see” needs to be our plan for now, and it is absolutely critical that we do not make any decisions before we know some real numbers.
Snowline does need to be prepared for some cuts to our education budget, and this could be an ongoing problem for many years. There are several important talking points to be aware of when looking at this issue.
This has certainly been a difficult time for all of us, and a huge challenge to education. STA needs to stick together and stand up for what is best for students and our members! Please reach out to your local STA site Representative if you have any additional questions or would like more details on anything. Thank you for your support!
We officially closed the voting for the contract. At the time of closure 171 out of 233 members voted. From the vote there were 170 "yay" votes and 1 "nay" vote. Officially, 73.4% of our members voted. The overwhelming response was to accept the contract. This response will be sent to the Board of Trustees to accept our newly ratified contract.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.
Susan Morris, MBA, M.Ed, Ph.D.
Greetings STA members! Your bargaining team is happy to announce that we have concluded our bargaining session for the 19-20 school year. Changes and updates to our contract are summarized below. This summary gives most of the highlights of changes to the contract, but there are several smaller changes that may not be noted. We encourage you to be familiar with your entire contract!
Please reach out to one of your Bargaining Team members listed below for any clarifications or questions, we will do the best we can to make sure you understand your contract and your rights! Thank you so much for all of your support, we expect an online vote to take place starting this week.
Jeff Phillips - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah McInerny-Peace - email@example.com
Sherri Shaffer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cathy Pauly - email@example.com
Tammy Morici - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam deRenard - email@example.com
Teachers will receive a 2.5% raise, retroactive to July 1, 2019.
Teachers will get $1000 added to their annual health and welfare benefit.
The district has agreed to attempt to offer a retirement bridge of $8000 per year towards Health & Welfare, beginning in 22-23. This is still in flux - see the Tentative Agreement for details.
Terms of Agreement
The Union and the District have agreed to this contract for the next 3 years.
Interviews conducted by the district for bargaining unit positions are to be held in private, in a closed setting.
Clarifications on the use of recorded videos for potential teacher actions.
Assignments and Transfers
Clarifications of priorities for voluntary and involuntary transfers.
Site-based reassignments must be discussed in a meeting between the teacher, principal, HR Supt. and a Union rep.
Hours and Additional Duties
Higher hourly pay for extra duty assignments, including $50/hr for Saturday school.
Reinstated $10,000 stipend for Eagle Summit teachers without a prep period.
Smaller class size maximums at the high school and middle school levels.
Adjustments to Special Ed class sizes and caseloads.
$3000 bonus for teaching elementary combo classes.
10 day limit for class size adjustments.
Adjustments to terms regarding bereavement leaves.
$500 stipend for GATE coaching
$1500 Elementary Sp Ed TLL stipend for sites with 3 or more sp ed teachers.
Greetings Snowline Teachers!
After a long process of bargaining, we are happy to report we have settled with the district on our articles and compensation package for the 18-19 school year. Here are some of the highlights of changes to the contract:
We thank you so much for all of your effort and support this year!
STA has begun the bargaining process for the 2018-2019 school year!
Our bargaining team is always working on a competitive salary and health and welfare benefit package.
This year we will also be revising our articles for Association Rights and Prep Time.
Please get in contact with your local site representative if you have any questions! Thank you!
Snowline Teachers' Association (STA) is an organization of Snowline teachers that currently represents approximately two thirds of all the teachers in the Snowline School District. While representing our members it is our goal to improve the education of the students by supporting all of the teachers within the Snowline School District.