June 18, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
School Board approves bargaining agreement with the Oregon School Employees Association
The Gresham-Barlow School Board voted to approve the proposed collective bargaining agreement for 2012-15 between the school district and the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) at its June 14 board meeting. Members of the OSEA have also approved the agreement. The OSEA represents support staff within the district including clerical staff, computer technicians, custodians, and educational assistants.
The tentative agreement was reached May 25. The two groups met for eight hours each day beginning May 23 to develop the agreement.
The two groups used an interest-based approach to bargaining. This approach focuses negotiations teams on determining shared interests and working together to identify solutions based on those interests.
“The collaborative, interest-based approach we used in negotiations was effective in getting to an agreement that aligns with the district’s limited resources and also addresses some common interests brought forward by both groups,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter.
During the board meeting, Human Resources Director Randy Bryant highlighted contract changes:
· Contract language that allows for classified staff members who exhaust their sick leave due to a workers’ compensation claim to apply to the sick leave bank for extended relief.
· A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that directs the collaborative bargaining team to convene to determine a process for determining equity in the reduction of hours that result in a layoff(s). The MOU states that the work will be completed by December 1, 2012.
· The creation of a “Contract Review Team” that meets on a quarterly basis to review and clarify contract language. The team will also be tasked with developing draft language to establish a longevity step. The draft will be available for consideration at the next contract bargaining.
Overview of financial elements
The financial elements of the agreement will allow the district to stay within its budget for next year and prevents staff layoffs.
The new contract provides a 1.25% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in each year. Additionally, the contract provides a yearly step increase, although the step increases in 2012-13 and 2013-14 will not go into effect until the end of each contract year.
Classified staff will see their monthly insurance cap remain the same in 2012-13; it will increase from $1010 to $1110 per month in 2013-14.