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Stay Strong MDEA Members
NOW IS THE TIME – MDEA members are having a powerful effect on the Board, the District’s Bargaining Team, and the leadership at te Dent Center. Here is what we know to be true. The District offered 3% on-going with zero additional towards medical twice in bargaining sessions with MDEA.
We had numerous members speak at Board meetings about how difficult it is to work in this district at substandard compensation and medical benefit levels. Some told their personal stories of hardships that caused not only the speaker, but members of the audience to experience deep emotions. The Board went into closed session the following week to deal with the medical benefits issue.
A major stumbling block to settlement has been the District’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The CFO always projects MDUSD to be in financial trouble on the required three year projections because his assumptions about costs are always way too high. Over the past years, the District’s three year projections have always been completely off the mark by very large margins which led to furlough days and no raises for MDEA members. According to an email from a Boardmember in response to the numerous emails received from MDEA members, the Boardmember stated, “We were given a conservative, moderate and more liberal projections by a reliable source outside MDUSD.”
We believe that MDUSD has gone over the head of their CFO to get a second opinion about their own finances. The District believes with confidence that the CFO’s numbers are too conservative which led to their most recent offer (last, best and final offer). MDEA believes their most recent offer is also based on faulty budget logic that is still too conservative. Even so, we do appreciate the District’s move to seek a second opinion, but we believe MDEA’s counter-offer is reasonable given the District’s current finances and the on-going increases they will be receiving during the next seven years of Prop 30 funding increases.
The District always attempts to give us the least amount possible and will fight for every nickel and dime at our expense. Now, MDEA is witnessing the District’s latest strategy which is to divide and conquer MDEA’s membership. This Boardmember’s same email closes with this statement, “In negotiations, after the Board met, it was revealed that in fact money, 7% without medical, was the MDEA priority this year.” This is misinformation and it is patently false.
MDEA’s president Guy Moore sent this Boardmember an email requesting sending, “…a retraction statement to everyone you sent your previous communication to stating that MDEA has never changed what we are asking for, which is a 7% salary increase and Kaiser single for anyone who needs it (beginning) this year.” This Boardmember declined to send a retraction which confirms MDEA’s ongoing concern that Boardmembers are being misled by the District’s Bargaining Team.
It appears that the District is getting desperate. Last week they published their off-the-record offer on their website as their last, best and final offer and sent it to the Contra Costa Times. Now they are trying to split our membership. It will not work. The MDEA membership is too strong to be divided by such tactics by the District’s Bargaining Team.
MDEA is holding firm that the District has the financial resources to accept our counter-offer, that our offer is reasonable and that our members are behind us. We are committed to stand strong to finally be paid what is fair. Lastly, we believe when the mediator and/or factfinding team has access to the District’s financials and meets with us and hears our side of the story, we MDEA, will prevail.
Please share this information with fellow MDEA members. Every meeting we attend no matter which site we visit, our MDEA members are unified in the belief that we have suffered under substandard compensation for many years. The District has the financial resources to fix this problem but chooses to offer us less than we deserve. This time is different. NOW IS THE TIME.
District makes a last best final offer through the Contra Costa Times
Wednesday around 5:00 pm, the District posted a last, best final offer on its website. Although no one from MDUSD has contacted our president, Guy Moore, about the offer, he did receive a call from the Contra Costa Times at 5:30 pm seeking a response.
The offer the District posted on their website matches an off-the -record discussion the District had with MDEA’s Bargaining Team at our November 5, 2013 session. The District’s team assured MDEA’s Bargaining Team that all ideas and comments made during that off-the-record discussion would remain confidential. They have broken their word.
The District has stated that they are moving to Impasse on their last, best and final offer covering 2013-14 and 2014-15.
MDEA is proceeding to Impasse on a one-year agreement covering the 2013-14 school year only, and will begin surveying our membership on a 2014-15 successor contract in early December of 2013.
MDEA has not sought nor will we settle for an agreement extending beyond the 2013-14 school year unless the District makes an offer during the mediation process which your Bargaining Team believes meets both members’ and the District’s needs.
Parties Declare Impasse
November 5, 2013: Bargaining today consisted of off-the-record discussions based on the results of yesterday's special closed session meeting. The parties are so far apart in the respective positions that we agreed to declare impasse, a formal process through the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB), who will now appoint a mediator.
The respective Impasse proposals are:
MDEA: 7% salary increase and a return to medical coverage equivalent to the Kaiser single rate.
MDUSD: 3% salary increase and $0 for medical coverage.
For more information, see update #10 on the left.
Now is the Time! Huge Rally planned for November 13
A giant armadillo! Armadillo bowling! Armadillo cake! and most importantly, hundreds of MDEA members and community members showing their support for our bargaining position. Everyone who attends the rally will be sending a strong message to the district that the problem with the compensation system needs to be fixed and it needs to be fixed now. Now is the Time!
Please join us! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors.
District asks for more time to study financial issues, bargaining rescheduled for Nov 5
Moved by emails from members and public testimony at the recent School Board Meeting, the Board has asked MDEA for more time to study the financial issues associated with our counter proposal and has scheduled a special board meeting for Nov 4 to reconsider our proposal. Bargaining has been rescheduled for Nov 5. For more information, check
Members wear blue armadillo shirts to support the Bargaining Team
Members all over the district wore their blue armadillo shirts to support the bargaining team. The team met today with the district's bargaining team to hear their response to our proposal of a 7% salary increase and a partial return to district paid medical. In the meeting today, the district's team repeated their offer of 3% salary increase and 0% for medical. For more details, see the bargaining update (#9).
Bargaining Team Proposes 7% Salary Increase
On Friday, October 4, the Bargaining Team Proposed a 7% Salary Increase and a partial return to district-paid medical insurance. Pictured from left to right: Antoine Etcheveste, Debbi LaDue, Carissa Weintraub, Anita Johnson, and Mark York.
Read more about the Proposal here.
Sustainable Hospitality Pathway
Recently, the Sustainable Hospitality Academy at Mount Diablo High School hosted several community members for lunch and a tour of their garden. Classes in the program on nutrition and food preparation are taught by Cindy Gershen. Student work in the garden is managed by Patrick Oliver. The IHTA Sustainable Hospitality Pathway, a rigorous, relevant and innovative career-technical-education program, will prepare MDHS students in the growing fields of:
• healthy food service
• outdoor recreation
• greening traditional tourism
The Pathway connects students to opportunities with local businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations and higher educational institutions to meet the health, economic and ecological challenges of the 21st century!
Sustainable Hospitality is the business and study of providing food, lodging and unique visitor experiences that operate according to the idea of the “triple bottom line”
1)Financial sustainability – a profitable business operation
2)Social sustainability – respect for customers and employees
3)Environmental sustainability – a clear focus on conserving natural resources and reducing environmental impacts.
Quick Response Pleases Cindy Dean
"I was pleased and surprised by the quick response I received once I spoke to the Board.” Cindy Dean, a second grade teacher at Delta View Elementary commented on the results she has received to the plea that she made at the School Board meeting last Wednesday (August 28). It all started back in June as she was packing up her classroom. She put some materials in a big plastic tub.
When she returned the next day, the tub was empty and the materials were
nowhere to be found. She spoke with several administrators and emailed several others, but no one would help her get the materials (valued at $500) replaced. In a final attempt to get help, she explained her concerns to the school board during the public comment portion of the meeting. Before school began the next morning, the materials had been reordered and would be paid for from a maintenance account designated for such situations (Cindy had purchased some the materials with her own money and some with money from a grant she had written). She also received
several apologies from administrators for the difficulties she had encountered.
Six Attend CTA Summer Institute
Katie Webber, Mona Ricard, Claire Key, Guy Moore, Carissa Wentraub,and Anita Johnson attended the CTA Summer Institute at UCLA from August 4 though August 8. They are shown pictured here with CTA President Dean Vogel.
The First Annual MDEA Academy Awards
CATASTROPHIC SICK LEAVE BANK INFO
All permanent unit members on active duty with the District are eligible to join the newly negotiated Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank (CSLB). Only contributors will be allowed to withdraw from the Bank.
Unit members must have at least twelve (12) sick leave entitlement days remaining after their initial deposit of one (1) sick day.
Unit members are eligible to use leave from the CSLB for their own catastrophic illness or injury only. Catastrophic illness is defined as any illness or injury that seriously incapacitates the unit member for more than ten (10) consecutive duty days. Catastrophic illness shall be determined by the CSLB Committee composed of two (2) MDEA members and one (1) District representative.
The maximum lifetime withdrawl by any unit member shall be seventy-five (75) days.
MDEA leadership met with members at over 30 sites in December and January to explain the CSLB and answer member questions. Click on the link below for the enrollment form.
Frequently Asked Questions and Enrollment Form