Mar 11 2014

Teacher Contract Negotiations Open for Comments

Do you have an issue or concern that might be addressed in the current contract negotiations with Piedmont teachers?  Between March 12 and March 26, submission of comments to your elected school board members and staff will be timely for the negotiation process.

Read the current teacher contract here.

The public will have an opportunity to provide input to the Board at public hearings on March 12 and March 26, 2014.  The current contract expires on July 1, 2014.   Feedback is also accepted during the entire sunshine period between the March Board meetings by email, mail or phone messages to the Superintendent at or (510) 594- 2614.   

Any person wishing to provide information concerning the articles in the contract to be opened may communicate with members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent via email, phone or in writing. Board member email addresses are listed below:

Rick Raushenbush, Board President,

Andrea Swenson, Board Vice President,

Sarah Pearson, Board Member,

Amal Smith, Board Member,

Doug Ireland, Board Member,

Constance Hubbard, Superintendent,


The 2011-14 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the District and the
California School Employees Association (CSEA) expires on June 30, 2014. The expiration of a contract means that all articles are open for discussion. The public was given notice at the October 23, 2013 Board meeting of the negotiations timeline. It included an opportunity to provide feedback to the Board as to which articles/topics to discuss as part of the process. In keeping with the Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) process, at the end of a contract period it is in everyone’s interest to condense the number of articles to open for discussion.

The negotiating teams for the District and CSEA met to discuss interests and to identify those articles to open for consideration and those that will remain closed for discussion. The collective bargaining process requires that the Board provide at least two opportunities for a public hearing to allow the community to comment on the issues to be discussed. The period is called “sunshining” of the topics under consideration for negotiations. The information provided by the public during the sunshine period is used by both parties as part of the process. After the completion
of the sunshine period, negotiations become confidential. Upon mutual agreement during negotiations, articles that were not opened can be opened for discussion.

“The District and CSEA have agreed to leave the following articles closed as part of the discussions for the contract to take effect on July 1, 2014:

(The bargaining parties have agreed to not consider the following contract issues.)  

Article 2 Check Off & Organizational Security
Article 3 Organizational Rights
Article 5 Grievance Procedures
Article 6 Allowances
Article 7 Safety Conditions
Article 10 Transfer or Promotion
Article 11 Leaves
Article 13 Longevity
Article 14 Weekend/Holiday Employment
Article 16 Legal and Other Holidays
Article 20 Employer-Employee Relations Committee
Article 21 Retirement
Article 22 Savings Clause

CSEA and the District have mutually agreed to open the following articles: (The following articles are appropriate for public comment.)

Article I – Recognition
The interest is to update classifications, new job titles, and recent legislation
Article 4 – Evaluation
Review and clarify section on public charges
Article 8 – Employee Rights/Personnel Files
Update process
Article 9 – Layoff and Reemployment
Clarify process and update per legislative changes
Article 12 and 19 – Salaries and Health Benefits
Compensation is a priority for the negotiations team. Discussions will include the salary schedule, health and dental benefits, and updating contract language
Article 15 – Workday/Week/Year
Clarify work year provisions, work calendar, and provisions for staff assigned to multiple sites
Article 17 – Part-Time Employees
Clarify the article as it relates to Noon Duty Supervision
Article 18 – Vacation
The interest is to clarify provisions for earned vacation for all unit members,
including employees working less than full-time
Article 23 – Duration of Contract
Update per new agreement

Memoranda of Understanding
Review for ongoing inclusion
Appendix B – Professional Growth
Review and update
Appendix D – Salary Schedule

Read the full March 12, 2014 Board meeting agenda here. Go to page 13 for the staff report on teacher contract negotiations.

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