What is Still Being Negotiated
The most recent proposals for salary increases for 2019-2020 are 2.25% from BUSD and 5.75% from BFT. BFT also seeks a guaranteed increase for 2020-2021, along with an additional increase that is contingent on a new local special tax. BFT continues to prioritize a compensation agreement that will significantly improve our competitiveness in this area.
Term of the Agreement
BFT believes that a two-year agreement is most beneficial to members. Statewide legislation and ballot measures bring the possibility of greatly increased state revenue after 2020. A potential local tax may also increase available funds. Settling the amount of compensation too far into the future risks leaving money on the table.
Supports for Students: Special Education Case Managers
BFT has proposed caseload caps and limits on the number of assessments case managers can be required to do which would result in more case managers and support for students. BUSD responded with a proposal for a sub-committee to discuss Special Ed restructuring. BFT believes that it is in members’ and students’ interests to have a strong teacher voice regarding any new ideas for Special Ed, and so expressed interest in that idea, but also maintained the original proposal for more support.
Independent Study Salary Schedule
BFT proposed that Independent Study teachers be placed on the K-12 salary schedule and that they have a path to permanent status.
Hourly Teaching Rate Increase
BFT proposed that the hourly teaching rate increase to $55.
Increased Compensation for School Psychologists
BFT proposed increasing the School Psychologist salary schedule from its current 10 steps to 12 steps.
Increased Compensation for Elementary Teachers who Cover for Unfilled Absences
BFT proposed that elementary teachers who take in students when no sub is available be paid at a percentage of their per diem rate instead of the current portion of the daily sub rate.
Paid Child-rearing Leave for Hourly Employees
BFT proposed that hourly employees be entitled to the same childrearing benefits as teachers on the salary schedule.
Elimination of the Waiting Period for Benefits for Adult School Teachers
Currently, BAS teachers must wait until their second year of service to be eligible for BUSD health benefits. BFT proposed to eliminate this waiting period.
BFT proposed a significant increase to the substitute daily rate and a change in pay structure to incentivize substitutes taking more sub jobs in Berkeley.