The parties remain far apart. Here is BUSD’s latest proposal;
2019-2020: A 2.25% increase funded from the General Fund, plus a 3% bonus funded from one-time funds.
2020-2021: No guaranteed increase funded from the General Fund, and an increase of up to 7% (TBD) funded by a new special tax.
2021-2022: No increase
BFT President Matt Meyer responded, “This offer shows a lack of seriousness to get us to competitiveness with other nearby districts. We are looking for long term improvement. It will require a commitment of both state revenue and parcel tax funds to restore BUSD’ ability to staff all of our schools and to retain our excellent, well-trained teachers and staff”
Meyer reiterated that BFT feels strongly that we need a two year contract. “There may be new state revenue by 2021-2022 and we need to negotiate those funds when the situation is more clear."
He continued, “The structure is also problematic. There is no way we would ask our members to take a leap of faith and ratify a contract with no specific numbers attached and with no guaranteed raises beyond the first year.”
BFT then responded with its own counterproposal. Our proposal calls for guaranteed raises of 4% in 2019-2020 and 5% in 2020-2021, plus an additional 7.3% raise to be paid from a new local tax in 2020-2021. This proposal is designed to make substantial improvement in our ranking among other districts and to address the dire financial circumstances facing our members.
We are continuing to fight for what our members need. Please need your help.