• 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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