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Tentative agreement gives teachers a raise, one-time bonus

By From page A1 | February 16, 2014

The Davis school district and the Davis Teachers Association have announced a tentative agreement on a 2013-14 contract.

“Both parties agree to a 2-percent one-time payment in 2013-14 coupled with a 2-percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013,” when the district’s current budget year began, said Assistant Superintendent Matt Best and DTA lead negotiator Frank Thomsen, in a joint statement issued Friday afternoon.

The statement notes that teachers have been working without a contract since 2012. The 2-percent salary increase will be the first cost-of-living raise for DTA members since the state budget crisis began in 2008.

(Some, but not all, DTA members have received “step-and-column” salary increases during the past few years, which are related to years of service and completion of additional academic work.)

In addition, the district and the DTA have agreed on a retirement incentive, though no specifics were provided. The retirement incentive “will honor our most veteran teachers, while providing the district the opportunity to attract the most qualified replacements as soon as possible,” the statement said.

“Negotiations will continue on several other important items and both sides are looking forward to further progress in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect,” the joint statement concluded.

Among the points that were previously identified as topics for discussion in contract talks were class size, evaluations, peer assistance review, reassignments/transfer, public charges, development of programs for special education pupils and safety/environmental working conditions.

The tentative agreement will now go to a vote by the DTA membership, and then to a vote by the Davis school board, which could occur in late March or early April.

The 2-percent one-time payment for the teachers essentially parallels the 2 percent one-time payment agreed to earlier by the district and the California School Employees Association. That union represents secretaries, maintenance and operations staff and other non-certificated employees. Salary discussions with the CSEA are ongoing.

School districts up and down California have been announcing tentative agreements with their bargaining units in recent weeks, in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal, which proposed the first increase in state funding for K-12 public schools in several years.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.

 

Jeff Hudson

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