Message from the Superintendent Regarding Employee Labor Dispute

Dear PCS Staff,

First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude and sincere appreciation to all of our employees. I value the quality instruction and support you provide our children each and every day.

As you may know, on April 12, 2018, the Board of Education voted to reject the fact-finder’s recommendation to approve a cost of living pay increase for teachers and paraprofessionals. This board action closed all further negotiations for the 2017-2018 school year.

I have received many questions regarding past and current compensation for employee groups. Below is a table to help provide clarity concerning actual increases to compensation that have occurred over the last several years for our larger employee groups.

Employee Group

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

PEA

(Teachers, Counselors & Nurses)

1% *COLA + **Step

2% COLA + Step

1% COLA + Step

 Step

PPEA

(Paraprofessionals)

1% COLA + Step

3.8% COLA + Step

2% COLA+ Step

 

PESPA

(Secretaries & Early Childhood Educators)

1% COLA + Step

3% COLA+ one-time bonus of 3% + Step

Step

1% COLA + Step

ACME

(Maintenance and Custodial)

1% COLA + Step

3% COLA + one-time bonus of 4% + Step

Step

1% COLA + Step

PASE

(Administrators)

1% COLA + Step

1% COLA + Step

Step + $750 one time

1% COLA + Step


*COLA = Cost of Living Adjustment
**Step = compensation for work experience
In addition to the above compensations, the district has increased its contribution to employee health insurance premiums for all employee groups.

 

Although the contract with PEA expired as of August 31, 2017, we have in good faith, honored all terms and working conditions in the agreement. In addition, in September the Board of Education approved and paid a step increase for PEA which cost approximately $1.2 million.

On Friday, April 13, 2018, I met with PEA and PPEA Leadership to communicate our desire to work collaboratively as we look toward next year. At that time, PEA and PPEA expressed an unwillingness to move forward with providing input toward the development of a budget that reflects additional compensation for employees and implementation of a four-day work week. It is my intention to continue to reach out to the associations in an effort to negotiate and establish a contract for the 2018-2019 school year.

We are aware that both PEA and PPEA have filed an intent to strike with the Colorado Department of Labor. Although we are disappointed by this decision, our hope is to avoid this action as it would negatively impact our staff, students, families, and community.

As we work through these challenging times, I would encourage all staff to continue to exhibit the level of professionalism and dedication that you provide to our students each and every day.

Charlotte Macaluso
Superintendent
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