Negotiations Update 2-22-21

Hello CSEA 293 Members,
CSEA met with PYLUSD today for the parties’ 2019-2020 successor contract negotiations for the 25th time. Prior to today’s session, the parties have been at a stalemate in the area of salary increases – Article 18. CSEA has consistently maintained its position that our members deserve a salary increase for the 2019-2020 school year. Your team has highlighted on numerous occasions that PYLUSD’s budget shows it can afford a salary increase for the 2019-2020 school year.
Today’s bargaining session was scheduled after it became clear that the parties needed to clarify certain positions prior to heading to impasse. This bargaining session presented the possibility for the parties’ stalemate being broken as new education budget projections, and the installment of new PYLUSD leaders, seemed promising. While an agreement wasn’t signed today, there was movement made in a positive direction.
The parties were able to sign a tentative agreement on Article 13 Leaves.
For Article 18 Wages: CSEA received a proposal from PYLUSD for an on-going salary increase which was very much welcomed. The District’s proposal included NO salary increase for the 2019-20 school year, however they did propose a 2% increase for the 2020-21 school year retro to July 1, 2020.
CSEA believes that the District’s proposal is overly conservative, as they lost NO money for the 2019-20 school year and the Governor’s proposed budget looks healthy.
Our team countered PYLUSD with a proposal which includes the 2% wage increase with added contingency language.  This language would provide an additional salary increase to CSEA members should the Governor’s projected budget be adopted with no change, or if there is an increase in school funding.
At this time, the parties scheduled another bargaining session on March 3rd.
It is CSEA’s hope that we will be able to bring unit members more compensation than what is currently being offered. We need to hear from YOU, our members. Please answer the following survey no later than Friday February 26, 2021 at 5pm.
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In Unity,
Your CSEA 293 Negotiating Team Job Suarez, Chris Lawyer, Cheryl Townsend, Sue Puch, Carlos Chiang, and Anthony Solis, LRR

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CSEA minutes 1.11.21

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COVID-19 testing information from CSEA

Hello CSEA 293 Members,

This communication is being sent to you regarding the COVID-19 testing being provided to PYLUSD employees, as CSEA has been receiving many questions about this matter. 

First and foremost, PYLUSD can make COVID-19 testing a mandatory condition of your employment and it appears that this is the stance that PYLUSD is taking at this time. As such, CSEA strongly advises classified bargaining unit members to adhere to the directives given from the District on COVID-19 testing. However, it should be known that when CSEA negotiated our 2020-2021 COVID-19 agreement with PYLUSD, CSEA secured language that explicitly states that if PYLUSD provides COVID-19 testing to employees, it is to do so during the employees shift hours to the extent practical. Nowhere in this agreement does it state that PYLUSD can make classified bargaining unit members volunteer their own time to take a mandated COVID-19 test.

Since PYLUSD is making these COVID-19 tests a mandatory condition of employment, it is unlawful for the District to ask a unit member to take this mandatory COVID-19 test outside of your shift hours without being compensated for it. Additionally, you cannot be forced to change (or flex) your shift hours to ensure that you are in paid status during the time of your COVID-19 test. The decision to change (or flex) your shift hours is always at your discretion. Unit members that find themselves scheduled to test at their site outside of their normal shift hours should work with PYLUSD to schedule a make-up COVID-19 test which is during their regular shift time. If there are not opportunities for a unit member to take this mandatory COVID-19 test during their shift hours, CSEA encourages unit members to test at the scheduled time they are being provided by PYLUSD and to also submit a time card for the amount of time the member was engaged in the testing process outside of their normal set shift hours. 

We have contract language that supports you being paid for all the time you are required to work outside of your normal shift hours, including to perform this mandatory COVID-19 testing task. If you have further questions regarding PYLUSD COVID-19 testing schedule, please feel free to reach out to either myself, Chris Lawyer, or Anthony Solis our CSEA LRR at (714) 532-7126; or, call Risk Management at (714) 985-8780.

In Unity,

Job Suarez, #293 President   (714) 681-3095

Chris Lawyer, #293 1st VP    (714) 615-0896

CSEA Placentia-Yorba Linda 293 

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Negotiations Update 1-14-21

Good Afternoon CSEA Members,

Today CSEA met with PYLUSD to negotiate a new 3-year contract. As a remainder, CSEA members have been working without a contract since July 1, 2019. Today was the 24th time the parties met for negotiations over a new contract. The main item that remains to be outstanding is wages. CSEA has consistently asked for a unit wide salary increase for all our members. Our proposals regarding salary increases have been fair and they are on par with what like size school districts in our geographic area have provided their employees in relation to compensation recently. Unfortunately, PYLUSD has said no to all of CSEA’s salary increase proposals and in effect are denying our members a wage increase for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. At today’s negotiation session, PYLUSD proposed to provide a very select few unit members a wage increase by way of reorganizing one department. The reorganization proposal also included the elimination and the reduction of work calendar for certain vacant positions. In response to this proposal, CSEA explained to PYLUSD that a department reorganization is something should be bargained outside of contract negotiations and that our demands for compensation, in regard to our contract negotiations, were that all unit members receive a fair and equitable wage increase. After PYLUSDstated that wasn’t something it was going to do, CSEA was forced to declare impasse as the parties are clearly at a stalemate when it comes to negotiating wages. CSEA is hopeful the intervention a state mediator will assist the parties in making some progress in wage negotiations as we move foward.

CSEA’s declaration of impasse is in the process of being sent to the state for certification. We expect to hear a response from the state in the coming days and are hopeful we can return to the bargainable table with a state mediator soon. We will keep you informed of when we get a mediation date scheduled. For those members that would like more information as to what the impasse process entails, please go to our Chapter website as information is available.

Our negotiations team is thankful for all support we continue to receive from our membership. Know that we will continue to fight to ensure PYLUSD displays that its value you as employees, especially considering the work you all are doing in these most uncertain and trying times.

In Unity,

Job Suarez

CSEA Placentia-Yorba Linda 293 President