• Negotiations Update: November 15, 2019

    Negotiations Update: November 15, 2019

    We have some good news we wanted to be sure to share with you. On Tuesday, November 13, 2019, the Board of Education approved the Tentative Agreement reached between the Petaluma Federation of Teachers and our school District.

    Effective today, the updated salary schedules will be on our District Website. Your new salary will be reflected on your November pay warrant and you will receive your retro check on December 10th.

    The retro check will be the difference between your new salary and your previous salary for the months of August, September, and October (and July if you receive 12-checks due to being a year-round employee). Please note that just like your monthly pay warrants, taxes and STRS will be deducted from the retro check.

    We want to take a moment to thank the members of both negotiations teams for their hard work getting this done!

    Thank you for all that you do,

    Sandra Larsen, PFT President and Matthew Harris, Assistant Superintendent of HR

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  • Negotiations Update: October 1, 2019

    Negotiations Update: October 1, 2019

    We have some exciting news to share - the negotiations teams have just reached a three-year Tentative Agreement (TA), which will conclude negotiations for the 2019-20 school year.

    Some of the highlights of the TA include:

    -Increased the salary schedule by 3.8% across-the-board
    -Increased the annual Master stipend to $1,400 and the Doctoral stipend to $2,400
    -Established that any TK classroom with over twenty (20) students will have a three-hour Instructional Assistant
    -Agreed to develop a retirement incentive option for those who choose to retire in June of 2020
    -Developed a pathway for CTE teachers to advance on the salary schedule
    -Established a Special Ed subcommittee and an Alternative Education subcommittee, both of which have already scheduled meeting dates
    -Established an annual Shared Decision-Making training for all sites
    -Developed clarifying language around the annual parity salary adjustment

    This Tentative Agreement will be finalized next week and copies will be available for bargaining unit members on Monday, October 7th. There will be a ratification meeting and vote scheduled shortly thereafter. You will receive a separate announcement from the Federation via your private email with more information.

    Both parties agreed that the tenor at the table was positive and professional. We are optimistic that we will continue to work together in a trusting and respectful manner. If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Harris (mharris@petk12.org) or Sandra Larsen (pftoffice775@gmail.com).

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  • 6-4-19: Joint Negotiations Update from PCS and PFT

    6-4-19: Joint Negotiations Update from PCS and PFT

    June 4, 2019

    PCS Certificated Staff Members,

    We hope that you all had a nice training yesterday and are enjoying the start to your well-deserved break!

    On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, the negotiations teams from the Petaluma Federation of Teachers and the school district held a negotiations session as we work towards a 2019 and beyond contract.

    At this point, we have reached a Tentative Agreement on the following open articles:

    *Article V E - Certificated Special Assignments - An agreement that all new special assignments will be negotiated
    *Article V H - Salary Schedule Placement - An agreement on how we place CTE teachers on the salary schedule
    *Article VI A - Work Year - An agreement about scheduling work days and PD days
    *Article VI H - Secondary - An agreement to clean up language around zero period
    *Article VI I - Class Size - An agreement to establish a Special Education sub-committee
    *Article XI J - Class Size - An agreement to establish an Alternative Education sub-committee
    *Article XX - Shared Decision Making - An agreement to jointly plan and present a Shared Decision Making workshop to all sites before October 31, 2019

    In addition, salary proposals were exchanged today. Our next negotiations session will be on June 12, 2019. We look forward to continuing our work together as we serve the students of Petaluma City Schools.

    Have a wonderful rest of your week,

    Sandra Larsen, PFT President and Matthew Harris, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources

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  • Negotiations Update 1-25-19: Tentative Agreement Ratification

    Negotiations Update 1-25-19: Tentative Agreement Ratification

    This past Tuesday, the School Board voted unanimously to ratify the Tentative Agreement reached between Petaluma City Schools and the Petaluma Federation of Teachers (PFT). I want to thank both negotiations teams for their hard work and professionalism throughout the process. I am optimistic that this agreement helps set the tone for a trusting and respectful future relationship.

    As part of the agreement, certificated employees will receive a 2.75% on-schedule salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2018 and a 0.75% off-the-schedule, lump-sum bonus for employees active as of December 14, 2018 (prorated per FTE).

    Your new, monthly salary amount that has been increased by the 2.75% will be reflected in your February end-of-month pay, and the retroactive portion of the 2.75% increase along with the 0.75% off-the-schedule, lump-sum bonus will be paid on the March 8th supplemental payroll, on one check.

    With each site visit, I continue to be more and more impressed with the level of teaching and learning throughout the District and I am thankful to work with such a dedicated group of professional educators. Thank you, thank you for all that you do for students.

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  • Negotiations Update: November 2, 2018

    Negotiations Update: November 2, 2018

    On Friday, November 2nd, the negotiations teams from the Petaluma Federation of Teachers and the school district held a negotiations session.

    After sharing information about parity, the teams had productive dialogue on the outstanding proposals, including athletic and non-athletic stipends, grievances, and salary. The teams came to a conceptual agreement on Article VI - Special Education Committee and we are in the final stages of an agreement on Article V - Athletic Stipends.

    Our next two negotiations sessions are scheduled for November 27th and December 13th.

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  • Negotiations Update: September 19, 2018

    Negotiations Update: September 19, 2018

    On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the negotiations teams from the Petaluma Federation of Teachers and the school district held another negotiations session. To read the whole letter, which was sent out on the 19th, click on the title above.

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