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Labor Relations Update

This page is designed to provide our staff and community with information, resources, and progress reports relevant to current contract negotiations that are taking place between the San Mateo-Foster City School District and the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (SMETA).  Please check back often for updates.


The District and SMETA met for its fourth bargaining session and considered the following:

The District presented a budget update with the same information that was presented to the Governing Board at their June 7, 2018 board meeting.  The highlights of the budget information include:

  • Update on State budget, Governor’s May Revise and District’s proposed budget for 18-19
  • State budget is expected to be signed and released by June 15
  • District is projected to remain in Basic Aid status for 18-19
  • Revised District deficit spending for 18-19 is projected at $7,700,000
  • Multi-year projection forecasts a deficit of approximately $18,000,000 over three years
  • Projected increase to deficit spending for 18-19 is due to increased costs for personnel including PERS/STRS
  • District continues to maintain 6% reserve for economic uncertainty

Article 5-Compensation and Benefits

  • The District offered a counter-proposal of a 2% salary increase at a cost of $1,300,000 for SMETA members.  The District has a practice of offering the same salary increase to all other employee groups at a cost $1,800,000.  In addition to the 2% salary increase, the District proposed a 1% salary increase contingent upon the passage of the parcel tax measure in November 2018.
  • SMETA counter proposed a salary increase of 4.5% for 18-19 plus an additional 5% salary increase from the resulting increased revenue if the parcel tax measure is passed in November retroactive to July 1, 2018.  The cost of the 4.5% salary increase is $2,900,000 and the 5% increase with the passage of the parcel tax is $6,500,000. 

Article 6-Hours

  • SMETA did not provide a counter-proposal to the District’s proposal regarding the use of early release days dated May 31, 2018.
  • After extensive discussion by the two parties, the District provided a second proposal for us of early release time.  The District proposed that two early release days per month be used for professional development, collaboration, grade level, cross-grade level and/or departmental instructional planning meetings as determined by the grade level, cross-grade level and/or departmental teams with input from the site administrator.

Article 8-Class Size

  • The parties made further progress on language to integrate Special Day Class students in the general education setting.
  • The District provided a counter-proposal for elementary physical education classes at no more than 38 rather than the 30 proposed by SMETA.
  • The District counter proposed a $150 stipend per month for each student over the class size maximum to SMETA’s proposal of $185 per student.

The District and SMETA teams will meet again on Thursday, August 30, 2018 and Friday, September 7, 2018 to exchange counter proposals.