Summer in Millbrae starts with a contract agreement between school officials and teachers for the year that just ended.
The one-year agreement doesn’t solve all the contract issues. Both sides will resume talks in September to tackle an agreement for the two upcoming school years.
Under the agreement, which members of the Millbrae Education Association approved earlier this month, teachers will have a 2 percent salary increase effective July 1, 2012 and a one-time, 1 percent payment from the base salary prior to the 2 percent increase. In addition to the salary increase, the agreement calls for a $75 boost for health benefits, according to a staff report.
Linda Luna, superintendent of the Millbrae Elementary School District, said the long process showcased that the district has been transparent with the budget.
“We’ve had five years of cuts. We want to bring things [that have been cut] back, ... but it can’t happen overnight,” said Luna, who was excited that an agreement had been reached.
When the two sides resume contract negotiations in September, they will start from where they left off rather than from scratch, said Luna. Also, the school district should have more information about its budget for the upcoming years under the new state Local Control Funding Formula.
Reaching an agreement took some time for the two sides in Millbrae.
Negotiations between the district and the Millbrae Education Association reached impasse in February. Then, the two sides worked with a mediator without success. In late March, the sides entered the final mediation process called fact finding.
Teachers were in their sixth year without a pay raise. In addition, over the past two years, teachers had lost about 4 percent in income due to furloughs, teacher representatives had said during the negotiations.
Prior to entering fact finding, the district had offered a 2 percent pay raise. On the other hand, teachers requested a 3 percent ongoing salary increase and an increase in health and welfare benefits to include covering a single employee completely for Kaiser and Delta Dental.
The average annual salary for teachers within the Millbrae district during the 2011-12 school year was $64,168, according to the California Department of Education. The lowest salary offered is $40,971 and the highest is $79,907.
Increasing the teacher’s compensation resulted in retroactive boosts to other labor groups within the district to match the 1 percent bonus and a $10 addition boost to benefits, bringing the contribution to $75.
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