MOU Agreement Reached.
Now we vote!
September 29 - Return to Classrooms MOU Settled
After another lenghty meeting, the District and BTU reached agreement on the Memorandum regarding return to brick and mortar.

Here are the highlights of the agreement:

  • Work-from-home accommodations will be considered for those at the highest risk of contracting COVID19 or those who live with someone at high risk. 
  • Bargaining unit employees (EP and ESP) will be granted an additional 80 hours of COVID sick leave in addition to the 80 hours granted by the FFCRA Act.
  • PPE will be provided for all employees and additional PPE (including gowns, face shields, etc.) will be provided for those whose job requires close contact with students.
  • Socially distant seating of 6' apart in all classrooms and office settings will be required. 
  • Everyone must wear a mask on school board property, per School Board policy.
  • A full day and two half-days of “no touch” planning will be provided prior to arrival of students to buildings.
  • Teachers and ESPs are NOT REQUIRED to do any cleaning, although cleaning products will be available in all classrooms.
  • Air conditioning units will be turned on in time to reach optimal temperature and air flow by time of arrival.
  • Cameras external to the computer are NOT required and can only be used with teacher authorization.
  • District will pay for health insurance until employees reach Medicare eligibility age for anyone within 1.5 years of that age who retires.
  • The insurance waiting period for new employees will be reduced from 90 days to two weeks.
  • There will be no change to the contractual requirement for 30-minute duty free lunch.
  • An employee-to-employee leave donation will be established.
We encourage you to read the entire text of the MOU (link above) before casting your vote. On behalf of your negotiations team, we urge you to vote "yes" to ratify the MOU. Questions can be directed to any BTU field staff representative by calling 954-486-6250

VOTING information

The vote is open to all bargaining unit members regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 7 am on Sunday, Oct. 4 and ending at 5 pm on Monday, Oct. 5. If it passes, the School Board will ratify the tentative agreement at next Tuesday's School Board meeting (Oct. 6).

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Watch your Broward Schools email inbox for your ballot on Sunday morning, Oct. 4  beginning at 7 am. The ballot email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.comIn addition to your inbox, please check your spam, junk and clutter folders. 

Only after checking all folders, if you do not receive your ballot by noon on Sunday 
please send an email requesting a new ballot to communications@btuonline.com.

Voting results will be announced to the entire bargaining unit shortly after the close of voting.



September 21 - Return to Classrooms MOU
BTU presented their proposal for a safe return to classrooms.  After a lengthy caucus, the district returned with a counter proposal that revised many key components and led to a lengthy discussion attended by 1000 participants on Zoom and more than 2000 via Facebook Live.

Some of the disagreeements were resolved, but several significant items were not. These included the contractually guaranteed duty free lunch for teachers and the introduction of District cameras into classrooms.

Discussion will continue beginning at 3:30 on Thursday, Sept 24


September 4 - Session #2
BTU and the District reached a tentative agreement this afternoon that will provide all employees in the BTU-EP unit a salary increase. All referendum supplements are equal to or higher than last year except for the teachers who are getting the largest salary increases from the state statute.  All education professionals are getting an increase to base salary of at least 1.3% in addition to the referendum supplements. 

The tentative agreement consists of two Memos of Understanding, one detailing the distribution of referendum funds and the other the funds provided by the State of Florida through the passage of House Bill 641, which raised all teachers’ pay to at least $47,500. 

Referendum money distribution

  • Referendum funds will be distributed to teachers on the grandfathered scale in accordance with this chart
  • Pay for Performance teachers will receive their referendum supplements in accordance with this chart
  • NOTE: New hires do not qualify for referendum supplement.

Raises

  • The base salary for all teachers who are making less than the new state minimum salary—$47,500—will automatically be brought up at least to the new minimum in accordance with the statute. 
  • Monies remaining from what the state provided will enable a 1.3 percent base salary increase to all other education professionals. 

Click here for a chart summarizing the increases for all EPs  

Read the entire tentative agreement for referendum supplements here.

Read the entire tentative agreement for salary increases as a result of HB 641.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions

 

Ratification Voting

All bargaining unit members will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement Tuesday through Wednesday of next week. Questions can be directed to any BTU field staff representative by calling 954-486-6250. 

The vote is open to all members of the bargaining units regardless of union membership. Voting will be held electronically beginning at 7 am on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and ending at 5 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 9. If the agreement passes, the school board will ratify the tentative agreement at a special meeting on Thursday, Sept. 10. Base salary adjustments are retroactive to July 1, 2020. The supplements will be paid out in equal installments per pay period.

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Watch your Broward Schools email inbox, or the primary email address you have on file in the ESS system, for your ballot on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8 beginning at 7 am. The email will be from invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com.

If you do not receive your ballot by noon that day please send an email requesting a new ballot to communications@btuonline.com. Voting results will be announced to the entire bargaining unit shortly after the close of voting.


August 27 - Session #1

The BCPS and BTU negotiations teams met virtually to negotiate the
2020-2021 distribution of referendum funds and the distribution of the state funding provided for in House Bill 641.  The District presented the first proposal and BTU offered a counter proposal.  The District negotiators indicated they are meeting with the School Board in a closed session to discuss compensation on Tuesday, Sept. 1. 

The parties agreed to return to the (virtual) bargaining table later next week.

 

 













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