PUSD board approves pay bump for classified staff, postpones vote on cabinet raises | News

The Pleasanton Unified School District’s classified employees will receive a 2.75% raise after the trustees finalized an employment contract last week. However, they have agreed to table the issue of increases in salaries for members of the Executive Cabinet by next month.

The board unanimously approved the deal with the Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) at its online meeting on May 21st.

According to public records, CSEA – the district’s negotiating unit for non-certified employees – will be paid retrospectively from July 1, 2019. In total, CSEA members will be compensated in lieu of and healthcare contributions worth approximately $ 808,638 including salaries and cash.

In January, PUSD reached a unanimous agreement with the Association of Pleasanton Teachers to increase salaries by 2.75% and also updated its employee grief policy.

According to an existing “me too” clause in CSEA contracts, CSEA is also granted the salary or remuneration that APT members receive. It is also usually offered to all district employees.

HR assistant manager Julio Hernandez called it a “considerably complicated negotiation” that concluded after 27 sessions over a seven month period, resulting in new classified job descriptions and a classified study. This study, conducted by an outside consultant, “gave an overview of neighboring school districts and similar districts” and how their salaries compared to the tasks actually performed, not just the titles of positions, Hernandez said.

“This company went out, examined the (professional) functions in different school districts – because different functions can have different names – and compared these functions with our school district and then determined which classifications were paid in the median and which classifications were not”, he continued.

The study found that some classifications “created a disjoint” in certain groups; For example, Hernandez said that feeding children in one location had two types of cooks, but the person doing more dangerous work around the stoves earned less than their staff. This ultimately led to the creation of the new job descriptions for classified services.

However, Hernandez said, “There were 160 employees who did not receive this raise because the study found that they were already paid well above this median.”

An unidentified person criticized the agreement in a written comment that district officials read during the public hearing.

“By approving this agreement, you acknowledge that approximately a third of CSEA employees will not get anything,” they wrote. “This implies that the 2.75% included in our contract was not received. The (Teachers’ Certification Commission) was portrayed as harmless to all staff and yet never disclosed. That way some would become theirs Sacrifice the contractually agreed increase in return. “

As the session neared curfew around midnight, the board finally agreed to postpone a vote on 2.75% salary increases for district cabinet members, including Superintendent David Haglund and Assistant Superintendent Janelle Woodward, until June. Last year the board approved a 2.5% increase in the executive cabinet and a 5% increase in its own monthly stipend.

Before the night was over, the trustees unanimously opposed a proposed 5% increase in the scholarship for that year. Board members currently receive a monthly stipend of $ 441 in compensation for their services. The raise would have given everyone an additional $ 22 a month.

Trustee Valerie Arkin said the additional grant is “pretty insignificant” but “it’s more of a matter of principle given the looming budget cuts we are facing.”

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