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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.

SMFCSD and SMETA Negotiations Update - April 17, 2018

The District and SMETA completed negotiation of a three-year agreement on November 30, 2017.  The agreement is effective from 2016-2019.  The negotiations teams returned to begin re-opener negotiations for 2018-2019.  The teams began with an introduction of members.  They participated in a collaborative activity to develop norms and ground rules for their meetings.

The District presented the Governing Board’s Guiding Principles for Negotiations which include:

• Increase student achievement for all students
• Provide equity and educational access for all students and specifically for English learners, socio-economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities
• Develop high-quality instructional and leadership capacity among teachers
• Attract and retain teachers
• Maintain fiscal responsibility

The District team will develop and review proposals through the lens of these guiding principles.  Re-opener negotiations will include Article 5 for Compensation and Benefits.  Each team also selected an additional article for re-opener negotiations.  SMETA selected Article 8-Class Size and the District selected Article 6-Hours.  SMETA provided an opening proposal and highlights include:

Article 5

• 5.5% salary increase for 2018-2019
• Collapse the last two steps of the salary schedule from 22 to 20
• Longevity stipend of $5,000 beginning at year 20 for unit members in the fourth column of the salary schedule. An additional $5,000 stipend in 5-year increments beyond year 20.
• Longevity stipend of $5,000 for School Psychologists at year 12. An additional $5,000 stipend in 4-year increments beyond year 12.
• Increase District contribution for health benefits from lowest cost HMO to highest cost HMO for employee-only coverage

Article 8
Decrease student contacts and/or class size as follows:

• Middle school class size maximum to 30 students
• Middle school PE class size maximum to 40 students
• TK-3 and 3rd/4th grade combination classes from 28 to 25 students
• Grades 4 and 5 classes from 30 to 27 students
• Elementary PE class size maximum to 30 students
• Student to Middle Counselor ratio from 600:1 to 500:1
• Student to School Psychologist ratio from 1500:1 to 1000:1 not to exceed 1200:1
• Include students in the special education program being mainstreamed into general education classes as part of the general education class size
• A stipend of $200 per month for each student over class size

The District provided their opening proposal and the highlights include:

Article 5
In the interest of attracting and retaining teachers, the District proposed the following:

• Accept 12 years instead of 10 years of prior teaching experience for initial placement on the salary schedule
• Rename stipend for Program Improvement Schools to Title I Schools
• Add a $1000 stipend for teachers with Montessori Certification

Article 6
In the interest of developing high-quality instructional and leadership capacity among teachers as well as attracting and retaining teachers which will positively impact student achievement, the District proposed the following:

• Eight hours per month of contracted time shall be used for professional development, grade level or department collaboration and faculty meetings for all site staff

The District and SMETA teams will meet again on Thursday, May 10, 2018 to exchange counter proposals.  The District will calculate the cost of the proposals and share the data with SMETA.