Dis­trict takes first step in con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions

Sul­phur Springs re­ceives ini­tial pro­posal from union

The Signal - - NEWS - By Bren­non Dix­son Sig­nal Staff Writer

With dis­tricts across the Santa Clarita Val­ley ne­go­ti­at­ing new con­tracts with their staff and fac­ulty, the gov­ern­ing board of the Sul­phur Springs Union School Dis­trict is tak­ing the first step Wed­nes­day.

At their reg­u­lar meet­ing, SSUSD board mem­bers ac­cepted an ini­tial pro­posal from the Cal­i­for­nia School Em­ploy­ees As­so­ci­a­tion stat­ing the teacher union’s in­tent to rene­go­ti­ate its cur­rent con­tract.

“(The agree­ment) means the dis­trict will sit down with CSEA of­fi­cials, at some point, and pro­pose the items we’d like to see changed,” board Pres­i­dent Ken Chase said. This is the first step in fu­ture con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions, he added.

“CSEA in­tends to re­view, clar­ify and po­ten­tially en­hance the language,” ac­cord­ing to the ini­tial pro­posal, of var­i­ous ar­ti­cles to in­clude more fa­vor­able com­pen­sa­tion and language for all em­ploy­ees in the dis­trict.

Ne­go­ti­at­ing mem­bers of CSEA hope to en­hance salary com­pen­sa­tion to a rate that re­flects the cur­rent pos­i­tive eco­nomic cli­mate, im­prove duty hours and ob­tain a higher, more com­pet­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion from the dis­trict to the ex­ist­ing health and wel­fare ben­e­fits pack­age, the doc­u­ment reads.

Nei­ther side has set or agreed to spe­cific terms, but those items pre­sented in the ini­tial pro­posal are what will be ne­go­ti­ated in the fu­ture, Chase said. “The process is one that oc­curs ev­ery year in dis­tricts as bar­gain­ing groups fine tune items through­out the year.”

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