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On September 9th the bargaining team met with administration for 5 hours.


The Tentative Agreement between BCTA and management reducing the possible extra monthly work hours from 10 to 5 has been ratified by membership and will now become a permanent part of the BCTA contract.


Effective October 1, 2014

B. Duty Day:

2. Student Programs and Services and Mental Health Clinicians:

a. The following tasks are to be completed at the discretion of the individual teacher as part of their regular work time and professional responsibilities:
1) Completing classroom preparation, including but not limited to daily and long-range instructional planning, instructional materials selection and preparation, etc.
2) Keeping of student reports and records on attendance, behavior, grades, performance, tests, citizenship and other student reports and records.
3) Maintaining a proper and professional classroom environment.
4) Completing any further activities necessary to accomplish the teacher’s professional responsibilities.

b. The immediate supervisor may schedule up to 5 hours per calendar month of each unit member’s time in addition to the regular work time, which may be used for:
• Faculty meetings
• Professional growth/training activities, excluding paid staff development days
• Parent conferences
• Administrative meetings
• Sponsorship of pupil clubs as directed and approved by the immediate supervisor
• IEP meetings
• Student Study Team meetings
• Promotion and Retention Conferences
• Other assigned committee work

1) Unit member duties, which are assigned by the immediate supervisor, listed in section b. above and which exceed 5 hours per calendar month shall be compensated for at the member’s hourly rate of pay upon submission of a time sheet.

2) Exception to the above pay arrangement includes release time from a teaching work day or a non-work day for conferences and workshops, regardless of the length, and any work voluntarily performed without written agreement.


On September 24, the bargaining team met for 5 hours.  The district reported that there is no significant change to the budget.  Mini Corps payments are beginning to catch up and are coming in for May and June.  The district chose not to pull the trigger on the TRANs but has filled out all of the paperwork to be prepared in case BCOE does need to go out for the TRANs loan.  The district listed the factors impacting the budget including the increase in STRS rates and lack of payment for Migrant Ed.  The Unit asked about reports that districts are being asked to return MAA funds to the state, impacting the district funds.  The district reported that BCOE hasn’t been asked to return any funds and they were unaware of such a requirement at this time.

The teacher evaluation forms have been revised over the last year to more closely align with the reality of teacher work assignments and with current professional standards. The rubrics have been reviewed and commented on by all parties and were approved for immediate implementation.

There is a provision in Ed Code (44664) that allows a permanent teacher with 10 years in the district with positive evaluations to move to evaluations every 5 years.   BCTA feels that all members, regardless of permanent status, should be treated equally in evaluation, particularly folks who have given more than a decade of service to the district.  This is a departure from the language in Ed Code, but BCTA feels it is an important issue of equity.  The unit and district created and signed a sidebar to the contract to use the Ed Code language for 14-15 with the stipulation that the parties would continue to discuss this matter with the aim of coming to an agreement that includes all members.  The unit chose to agree to the language for the explicitly mentioned members in the interest of settling this matter for some folks before the evaluation period gets too far along, rather than requiring the entire unit to wait until next year to adopt the 5 year evaluation plan.

The BCTA contract has a provision that allows the member’s immediate supervisor to schedule up to 10 hours a month in addition to regular work time for specific projects and assignments.  At 10 hours a time-sheet is triggered and the member can be paid for additional work.  BCTA has been diligently working to reduce or reverse this requirement for several years.  As you scroll down through this page of bargaining reports, you will see that this is a subject that BCTA has brought up monthly.  Today BCTA and the district have come to an agreement to reduce the required hours from 10 to 5.  The district expressed that the principals hope this settlement will be a step towards rebuilding trust with the teachers.  A copy of the tentative agreement can be found at the link below:

TA-BCTA Art 9, Duty hrs,day wrk yr -5 hrs xtr wrk 2014

The TA is going out to membership for ratification.  If membership votes to approve, the contract will be changed to reflect this bargained agreement.

Mini Corps teachers have submitted their calendars for 14-15.  Feather River College is on board with partnering to offer more days to Mini staff.  There are still many details to be discussed and there have been no final decisions made about the future of Mini Corps.  The conversation about the Mini Corps work year schedule will continue at the next negotiations session.

A new .5 teacher position and the potential for two 1.0 teacher positions have been created within the LCAP.

The unit presented a letter to the district regarding a breach of trust and called on the district to work to rebuild trust with the teachers and the bargaining unit.

The district shared the LCAP schedule for this year and laid out a plan for more inclusive meetings and more tailored feedback.  The LCAP survey is online and BCTA will be represented in LCAP meetings with specific representatives.  There will also be a district LCAP report at each negotiations session.


On August 27, the bargaining team met for 5 hours.  The district reported that cash flow is still a challenge due to the continued late payments from the California Department of Education (CDE) for Migrant Ed and Mini Corps.  This week the CDE expects to have paid bills due through Jan 2014.  As of the day of negotiations, $7 to 8 million is owed by CDE to BCOE for these two programs. The district is considering getting a loan to support cash flow by going for a TRANS.  BCOE will be deficit spending this year.

The discussion of the 10 hours a month that some members can be asked to work without pay was again discussed.  The unit and district worked through several options and are coming closer to a resolution.  The matter will be continue to be discussed at the next session.

The unit asked for an update from the Catastrophic Leave Bank committee.  There is no update to report at this time.  They will reconvene soon.

The unit proposed a discussion of the proposed changes to the Mini Corps calendar requiring members who have worked a traditional school year to move to a year round calendar with no increase in contract days or pay.  The district reported that the contract with CDE had been approved for two years.  The district reported that they felt that without making that concession, CDE would not have renewed the contract and would have allowed other regions to bid to run the program.  The unit reminded management that they had met last spring to make a temporary agreement for the 2014-15 school year to buy some time and it was the unit’s understanding that this would allow Mini Corps to work with the unit to come to an agreement that would treat Mini Corps teachers fairly.  The subject will continue to be discussed at future negotiations.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.


On June 19, 2014 the bargaining team met for 2 hours.

Management reported that BCOE is in deficit spending, the district is struggling with cash flow, the payments from CDE for Mini Corps and Migrant Ed are coming in slowly, but they are still several months behind.  The unit asked if reserve caps for districts apply to BCOE, the district replied that it doesn’t apply to County Offices.  The unit asked if the statutory changes would affect member paychecks.  The district replied that it would.

The unit again expressed an interest in reducing the 100 hours a year/ 10 hours a month that many BCTA members are required to work without pay.  The unit again reminded the district that when the agreement to accept a mere 2% increase after years of no increase in compensation and significant increases in medical benefits led to a loss in pay, it was with the stipulation that the 100/10 hours would be reduced.  The district acknowledged the unit’s frustration and made a plan to get the issue on the agenda for the principal’s meeting before the next negotiations session.

The district shared information about potential BTSA support providers and will bring the cost of BTSA programs to the August meeting.

Dates were set for 2014-15 negotiations:

All meetings will be 10am-3:00

August 27, 2014
September 24, 2014
October 22, 2014
January 21, 2014
March 25, 2014
May 27, 2014

Management presented two draft job descriptions.  The BCOE County Community School Teacher and the School Social Worker (to be housed at Hearthstone school) were both approved with revisions.  The unit asked if the Social Workers can do Medi-Cal billing, the district confirmed they can because they have to hold a PPS credential for the position.

Management handed out 5 year evaluation language and discussed HQT.  The group will continue discussing moving qualified folks to a 5 year evaluation schedule at the next meeting.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.


On May 22, 2014 the bargaining team met for 3 hours.

The district reported that BCOE is still low on cash, and have not been paid by CDE for Migrant Ed and Mini Corps. BCOE is working on getting a TRANS (tax revenue anticipation note – similar to a line of credit) to help with BCOE cash flow.  The district shared a document that discusses the changes in STRS rates. The new STRS rates are increasing for 2014-15. The prior rate was 8.25% and it’s being discussed that they be increased to 9.5%.  The legislature and the Governor support this increase. The PERS rates are going to be increasing as well.

There was discussion of the new evaluation forms.  There was a proposal that the district move to a 5 year evaluation cycle for eligible folks. This topic is scheduled to be discussed further.

The 10 hours of extra duty were again discussed.  The unit again brought up the dissatisfaction of membership with the compensation agreement made earlier in the year and general dissatisfaction with continually increased workload and decreased compensation….IN PROGRESS…

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, June 19, 2014.


On April 30, 2014 the bargaining team met for 5 hours. The district had nothing new to report about the budget.  The unit asked if the JPA is going to move to tiered rates as has been reported as a possibility in the past.  Tiered medical insurance rates separate unit members by family size.  Unit members are charged a variety of rates based on their personal lives, rather than determining the rate based on work assignment.  Teachers hired to work the same job would not pay the same rate.  The district reported that the JPA (independent of BCOE) is looking into tiered rates for the 2015-16 school year.

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the document that describes specifically how funds will be spent in the district.  This new method of building budgets was implemented this school year as the guiding practices were still being written and rewritten by the state of California.  In the Fall, the Unit began communicating both at the bargaining table and through email asserting their independent right to give input into the LCAP.   The Unit again asserted that the input of the bargaining unit was to be considered in the LCAP.  The district described the challenges in creating a budget with a formula that is in progress.  The Unit and District came to an agreement about regular communication and opportunities for input going forward.  As of August 2014, the district has honored this agreement.

BTSA was again discussed.  The funding has been rolled up into into the LCFF and the district has chose to stop providing services for newly credentialed teachers.  The unit expressed concern for current and new unit members who have not yet completed their BTSA.  The district made a commitment to complete the induction of current participants.  There was a lengthy conversation about the funding and consequences of making a clear credential more difficult to obtain.  BCTA expressed interest in continuing the discussion at future meetings. The BTSA conversation shifted to a conversation about PAR, which is addressed in the same area of the contract and is overseen by the same committee.  The district posited that since BTSA is no longer specifically named in the funding formula that PAR should be taken out of the contract.  BCTA expressed interest in keeping PAR in the contract.

There was a lengthy discussion about the Mini Corps work year.  The district asserted that CDE is requiring Mini Corps folks to work year round for the same amount of contract days.  BCTA shared surveys of Mini Corps folks that expressed the financial hardships this would impose on folks.  Mini Corps folks also expressed that they are interested in the program continuing.  It was agreed that further meetings would be scheduled for the purpose of discussing this issue with a representative from Mini Corps in attendance.

The district shared the teacher feedback provided by the unit about the new teacher evaluation form.  It was agreed that this would be discussed at the next meeting.

The Occupational Therapist proposal for additional compensation was addressed by the district.  The district expressed that they are not going to entertain compensation at this point in this fiscal year.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, May 22, 2014.


The Tentative Agreement between BCTA and the district has been ratified by membership.   The district has been notified and Payroll will begin processing the paperwork to reflect the change.

Effective date upon ratification date
BCOE will provide a one-time payment equal to two (2) percent of the employee’s 2013-14 gross annual
salary. Eligible BCTA variable employees’ one-time payment will be paid based on their 2013-14
average monthly salary at the time of payment. The one-time payment will be paid as soon as practical
after chapter ratification.
BCOE will also add a two (2) percent increase to the current 2013-2014 BCTA salary schedule. The
increase will be effective retroactive to July 1, 2013 for the 2013 -2014 school year. The full difference
in salary for the 2013-2014 school year shall be paid no later than June 30, 2014.
Under this agreement all BCTA unit members who are actively employed on the date of the chapter
ratification are eligible.


On February 26, 2014 the bargaining team met for 5 hours.  The district gave a report on the budget, the second interim budget is due to the board on March 10th.  The district is still working through the LCFF process.  Migrant Ed and Mini Corps payments haven’t yet arrived from the feds, these payments equal about half of the total BCOE budget.

The unit expresses the feelings of BCTA members that the compensation offer wasn’t sufficient to satisfy the losses taken over the last several years.  The unit accepted the offer of 2% retroactive to July 1st 2013 and a one time payment of 2% and expressed that they would like to discuss improved working conditions for teachers as a movement toward equity.  The unit specifically mentioned the 10 hours a month as an unfair and divisive issue that should be greatly reduced or eliminated completely as a move towards showing the unit that they are valued.  The offer will be mailed to membership for ratification on Monday, March 3rd.

The SBAC will be field tested at 4 Winds, Hearthstone and Table Mountain School this Spring.  The scores will be used to assess the test.  The LCAP meetings are taking place.  BCTA and the management team discussed BCTA’s role in the process.  BCOE is continuing to meet with local districts in conversation about how ROP will look going forward.  The OT proposal was brought to the table, the district will look at the numbers and return with a response.  The changes in minimum wage will not affect BCTA until January 1st, 2016.  The updates to the teacher evaluation form is in process.  The new job description for the BCTA Migrant Education staff was approved and signed.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014.


On January 31, 2014 the bargaining team met for 3 hours in a special meeting to discuss compensation.  The district gave a report on the budget.

BCTA reminded the group that they were proposing 6% be added to the salary schedule.  The district made 2 compensation proposals: 2% on the salary schedule retroactive to July 1st and a one time payment of 2% off the salary schedule or a one time 4% payment off the salary schedule and 2% on the schedule for 2014-2015.  The second option was dismissed by the unit because it would penalize anyone retiring in the next 3 years.  The unit caucused and returned with a proposal of 4% on the salary schedule.  The district explained that the offer was made.  BCTA chose not to accept the offer and chose to meet with membership.

The unit approved the renewal of a waiver to allow the school site council at Table Mountain School at Juvenile Hall to have fewer than the 12 parent, teacher and administration members that is typical at a high school campus.

There was a ROP update.  BCOE is working with the local districts to plan what ROP will look like going forward.  The funding structure for ROP has changed with the Local Control Funding Formula.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, February 26th, 2013.


On November 20, 2013 the bargaining team met to negotiate for 5 hours.  The district reported on the budget.  The 12/13 unaudited actuals are closed and have been reported to the board.  The district is still working through the process of LCFF funding for BCOE, no decisions have been made to date.  Grant funded programs that employ BCTA members are: State Preschool, Migrant Education and Mini Corps.

Management confirmed that a State Preschool teacher covering the duties of a site member on leave who has a higher position will receive the higher pay rate while covering the job.

The unit asked about permanent rights for temporary staff.

Common Core was discussed, the bargaining team shared both the excitement and frustrations of BCTA teachers with the Common Core process.

The unit and management had a long discussion about compensation options and processes.  After several hours, it was decided that an additional meeting would need to be scheduled to complete this conversation.  The unit proposed an increase on the salary schedule of 8%, but would be wiling to accept 6% to facilitate the process.

The Extra School Year waiver for Special Education was presented and approved.

An extra bargaining session has been scheduled for January 31st to discuss compensation.


On October 23rd, 2013 the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for 5 hours.  The district reported on the budget.  The bargaining teams worked through several stages of the Interest Based Bargaining process towards reaching an agreement on compensation.  Most of the session was devoted to this topic.  The process will resume at the next negotiations session.

Randy Wise gave an update on the JPA and the status of the clinic that will open in January in Chico to serve JPA members and their families.

The catastrophic leave committee is made up of one member from each bargaining unit and Randy Wise.  They have been working for several months on creating a leave bank for folks to access when they need to use catastrophic leave time.  Their work was presented to the negotiations team to be discussed at a future date.

There is a proposal to change the evaluation tool to closer align with the Common Core, Smart Goals, and to encourage consistency in evaluation.  Work was shared and will be discussed at a later date.

The district brought PAR language from the BCTA contract to the table.  It was shared that PAR is an unfunded program and there was a request by the district that BCTA look at removing this provision from the contract.  This will be discussed at a later date.

BCTA pointed out that many of our members do not enjoy the protections of permanent status or due process.  This will be discussed further at a future date.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.


On August 14th, 2013 the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for 3 hours.  The district reported on the current state of the budget.  2013-14 is a transition year.  CDE is gathering information on issues districts are having with the funding formula and are issuing regular updates on how to adjust for them.  2013-14 is a hold harmless year so funding won’t be reduced.  BCOE’s cash position isn’t getting worse, it is getting a little better for the first time since 2007.

BCTA and the district discussed their respective roles in the planning of the implementation of the Common Core Curriculum and the Local Control Funding Formula.

The district asked about the impact of the new online Open Enrollment process for health plans.  Both parties expressed that the process went relatively smoothly, especially considering it is a brand new program.

Randy Wise is now sitting on the JPA board on behalf of BCOE.  He has taken the place of Kevin Bultima, who now represents Chico Unified.  Randy reported on the JPA proposal to open a clinic in Chico for JPA members.  The clinic would cut costs of healthcare and those savings would go back into the program benefiting everyone.

The teacher evaluation committee hopes to bring samples of their work to the October meeting.

The group gave their well wishes to Maria Gallardo, longtime BCTA negotiator and member advocate.  Maria will retire at the beginning of September and will be dearly missed.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.


On April 24th, the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for two hours. The district shared information on the progress of the Local Control Funding Formula, it is progressing mostly unchanged, but won’t be accepted or rejected until the Governor signs it on or before June 30th.  The deferrals of state money paid to districts continue at a rate of about 25%.  The state COLA for next year is estimated to be 1.65%.

The catastrophic leave benefits committee is continuing to meet, each unit is represented by a member on the committee.  BCTA is represented by Tim McCracken.  They are looking at revising the catastrophic leave policy to move away from the current system of asking for donations each time someone needs help.  They are looking at several options, including a system of creating a bank of days that folks who participate in the bank can draw on.

The teacher evaluation committee hopes to bring samples of their work to the August meeting.

Open enrollment for health insurance starts soon.  There will be a presentation in Oroville soon.  Rates have increased and deductibles and co-pays have been restructured.

A new teacher position on local middle school campuses will begin in the fall.  It meant for early intervention and  is similar to an opportunity program.  The students will be in the self-contained classroom 4 periods a day and will be integrated in the school group for PE and an elective.  The group looked at the job description and some changes were made before it was approved.

BCTA notified the district that they would like to be prepared to look at compensation and permanent status of teachers when negotiations resume in the fall.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, August  14th, 2013.


On February 27th, the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for two 1/2 hours.  The district reported on the status of the Local Control Funding Formula.  This is Governor Brown’s proposed change to education funding which would change the distribution of Prop. 98, the school funding system in place since 1988.  As proposed, it would be phased in over 7 years.  The proposal has legislative hurdles and would depend on the legislature adopting a budget and the governor signing bu June 30.  There are several opportunities for change between now and then.  The sequestration looks like it will go through, that could result in cuts for our federally funded programs.

PAR may be an unfunded program next year, it is in the BCTA contract and changes would have to be negotiated.

BCTA brought up the subject of long term employees who don’t attain permanent status due to the funding of their program.  They are currently not eligible for PAR and other protections.  BCTA asked for information about groups who can’t attain permanent status and discussed negotiating some rights for these folks.

The insurance coverage for staff driving BCOE vehicles for work was discussed.  When using a BCOE vehicle, the district insurance would cover any accidents.

The district is exploring using the VBAS system to do open enrollment for medical benefits online, rather than filling out and sending in all of the paper forms.  This may be a much more efficient system, but the deadline would be firm and once the system closes, open enrollment ends.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013.


On November 28th, the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for two hours.  The Governor’s budget initiative (Proposition 30) passed, which prevented a 6 Billion dollar cut to education.  The outcome of the federal “fiscal cliff” and sequestration talks could have an impact on the programs that receive federal funding.  A potential agreement was reached on the number of sick days to be used to assist immediate family with a medical crisis.  This has gone out to members for a vote to decide if this version will be ratified.  At the request of BCTA, the monthly absence reporting form was amended by HR to explain Personal Necessity more thoroughly.

BCTA negotiations will next meet on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013.


On October 24th, the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for two hours.  The uncertainty of all school budgets until after the November Election was discussed.  There was discussion of ensuring staff has sufficient flexibility to use sick leave as PN days to care for immediate family members who are having a medical crisis.  There will be a short survey about this available immediately, please check your email.  There was discussion about maintaining the Special Education Extended School Year schedule that was used the summer of 2012.  A committee to examine the current Catastrophic Leave policy will be formed with members from the bargaining teams and administration.

BCTA negotiations will meet next on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012.


The bargaining survey was sent by email on October 16th.  If you didn’t receive a survey, please contact BCTA.  The survey will remain open through November, but try to respond by Monday, October 22nd.  Thank you for taking the time to contribute!


On August 22nd, the BCTA bargaining team met to negotiate for three hours.  Procedures for MAA distribution and notifying HR of additional units earned were discussed.  After two years of discussion and work, all of the ratified agreements have been embedded into the BCTA MOU and the complete version is nearly finalized.   There was discussion of upcoming safety trainings.  Agenda items for the 2012 – 2013 negotiating year were discussed.

BCTA negotiations will meet next on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012.


BCTA will begin 2012 – 2013 negotiations on Wednesday, August 22nd.  Future bargaining updates can be found on this page.


8 thoughts on “Bargaining

  1. Could you share what it is we are negotiating this year? The MAA change was a great idea. It would be great to know and have a say in what we negotiate. Is there a process in place for this?

  2. This space will continue to have information about negotiations as they happen.
    Expect to receive a bargaining survey from your bargaining team soon. Member answers will set the priorities for the year.
    Since we use the Interest Based Bargaining model, the entire contract is always open to discussion. In the more common model, each side typically chooses one or two areas of the contract to be discussed for the year and are limited to those choices.
    You may also contact your Rep or a Bargaining Team member at any time with specific bargaining items.
    (And thanks to our Bargaining Chair Joe Crispin for suggesting the MAA change.)

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I have 2 questions:
    What does LCAP stand for?
    “Presented a Letter of breach of trust” – could you explain this more?

  4. Sure! The LCAP is the document that guides the budget at the district.
    Last year, when the state of California switched from the old way of funding schools to the Local Control Funding Formula, they told districts that a document needed to be submitted to justify the local spending choices. California created the LCAP, template which is a running narrative of spending priorities. As a County Office there are 10 areas of service to the community identified by the state and it is our job to use the narrative to prove that all of our funds are being used appropriately. Non County Offices have 8 areas of service to the community. The LCAP rubric was created, and the regulations revised continuously by the state throughout 13-14, which made last year a great challenge. We are off to a good start this year with better guidance from California and a collaborative relationship with the district.

  5. The letter presented to the district was an effort to clear up some business from the last few months. BCTA had made some extraordinary efforts to help the district get some work done in a compressed timeline. In the interest of honoring our Interest Based Bargaining / Win-Win culture, this is not unusual for BCTA. There was a (long, detailed) issue and the resolution of the issue undermined this work. No members will be hurt by this and we are working towards a solution, but BCTA felt it was important that this be read into the record, rather than allow it to pass unacknowledged. BCTA hopes that acknowledging this breach give the district the opportunity to address the trust issue and will allow us all to continue to move forward, rather than allowing this to sit between us and erode the working relationship we have worked hard to build.
    Thank you for you wonderful comments as always, Glenda!!

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