• Negotiations Update: December 16, 2019

    Negotiations Update: December 16, 2019

    On Monday, December 16th, the negotiations teams from the California School Employees Association (CSEA) and the school district held a negotiations session.

    The teams have opened on ten (10) articles this year and the teams have exchanged proposals on all ten articles. Today, the parties reached two Tentative Agreements (Article 3 B and Article 3 C) and signed two (2) Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs).

    Our next negotiations session is scheduled for January 22nd. We look forward to continuing our work together as we serve the students of Petaluma City Schools.

    Thank you for all that you do,

    - PCS Negotiations Team (Matthew Harris, Chris Thomas, Ray Di Giamo, Marcia Short, and Namita Brown)

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  • Negotiations Update: April 2, 2019

    Negotiations Update: April 2, 2019

    This is a joint communication from the California State Employees Association (CSEA) and District negotiating teams.


    We are pleased to announce that a Tentative Agreement (TA) was reached yesterday, Monday, April 1st. Below are some of the highlights of the TA:


    -3.0% on-schedule salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2018
    -Increase in the clothing and equipment allowance for employees who qualify, including shoes and work shirts
    -Increase in the bilingual and American Sign Language Skills Stipend
    -Changes to Bereavement Leave, extending the window for using bereavement leave from 3 months to 6 months and explicitly including mother-in-law and father-in-law as “immediate family”


    CSEA anticipates a ratification meeting and vote the last week of April. You will receive a separate announcement from CSEA via your private email with more information. Once the TA is ratified by CSEA, the agreement will be presented at the following School Board meeting.


    We are optimistic that we will continue to work together in a trusting and respectful manner. If you have questions, please contact Matthew Harris (mharris@petk12.org) or Loretta Kruusmagi (lorettakruusmagi@gmail.com).

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  • Negotiations Update: February 25, 2019

    Negotiations Update: February 25, 2019

    On Friday, February 15th, the negotiations teams from the California State Employees Association (CSEA) and the school district held a negotiations session.

    The teams have a conceptual agreement of changes in the following areas - Article 5 - Clothing and Equipment, Article 5 - Bilingual and American Sign Language Stipend, Article 9 - Vacation, and Article 9 - Bereavement Leave.

    The remaining open areas for negotiations are Article 5 - Salary and Article 8 - Health and Welfare.

    Before the end of our session, the District offered a 2.75% ongoing, across-the-board increase, retroactive to July 1, 2018. The District also offered to cover the cost of any approved reclassification request, up to the equivalent of a .25% ongoing increase. The District position on Health and Welfare is to remain status quo at this time.

    Our next negotiations session is scheduled for March 14th. We look forward to continuing our work together, serving the students of Petaluma City Schools.

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  • Negotiations Update: January 23, 2019

    Negotiations Update: January 23, 2019

    On Wednesday, January 23rd, the negotiations teams from the California State Employees Association (CSEA) and the school district held a negotiations session.

    After presenting information about the Governor’s proposed state budget and updated Board Policy, the teams shared several proposals and made progress on Article 5 - Clothing and Equipment, Article 9 - Leaves, and an updated job description for Campus Security Supervisors. Before the end of our session, the District offered a 2.75% ongoing, across-the-board increase, retroactive to July 1, 2018.

    Our next two negotiations sessions are scheduled for February 15th and March 14th. We look forward to continuing our work together, in order to best serve the students of Petaluma City Schools. Thank you for all that you do.

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