Union passes TUSD agreement
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Dec 19, 2013 | 3040 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of the California School Employee Association voted to approve a contract agreement with the Tracy Unified School District on Tuesday, Dec. 17, according to Denise Cheeseman, president of the CSEA Local Chapter 98.

Unable to disclose how many union members voted on the proposal, Cheeseman said in an interview Thursday, Dec. 19, that it passed by “an overwhelming majority.”

The agreement includes a 2.35 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1; a 1.65 percent onetime bonus for the 2013-14 school year; an added 2.5 percent of longevity pay at the 34-year mark for years of service with the district; and an increase in standby pay from $2 an hour to $5.

“I’m happy we were able to reach an agreement,” Cheeseman said, thanking the union negotiating team. “We want our fair share. That’s what we’re really after.”

Superintendent James Franco stated in a press release Wednesday, Dec. 18: “There was a collaborative spirit that existed during the process that allowed both sides to reach this agreement.”

According to TUSD spokesman Joel Danoy, the San Joaquin County Office of Education budgeting office must approve the deal. If the county accepts the agreement, the TUSD Board of Trustees will vote to make it official.

The next group of TUSD employees expected to be presented with the same contract proposal is the Tracy School Management Association, which includes office staff, principals and directors, Danoy said.

Still in contract negotiations with TUSD are the district’s teachers.

A mediator is scheduled to meet with the teachers union and district officials in January. The groups have been at an impasse since November.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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