UTSWC Negotiations Update

UTSWC Negotiations Update
Posted on 03/06/2020
SoWashCo logoDuring the March 5 board meeting, district administrators shared an update regarding negotiations with the United Teachers of South Washington County (UTSWC).

Members of the district negotiations team have been meeting with union leaders to respond to the union’s proposal that included settling two contracts; one for the 2019-2021 contract and another for the 2021-2023 contract. The proposal included wage and insurance increases that were part of the previous tentative agreement agreed to in December for the 2019-2021 contract. It also included a wage increase of 2 percent for each year of the 2021-2023 contract along with increased health contributions. 

District administrators informed union leadership that the school board would agree to this proposal to settle both of the contracts depending on some clarification for health insurance contributions. Union leaders then informed district negotiators that it was not their official proposal and provided the district with a proposal that included greater wage increases to both the 2019-21 contract and the 2021-23 contract.

Since then, district negotiators and union leadership have continued to meet for a solution that values our teachers and allows the district to effectively manage its expenses and classroom resources. South Washington County Schools remains committed to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

In December, union leaders agreed to a tentative two-year agreement that would have provided flexible workdays for teachers, increases to health care contributions and salary increases in March and July of this year. The agreement included, on average, an increase in total compensation of approximately $7,000 per teacher for the life of the contract which is a 6.75 percent increase over the next two years. Members of UTSWC narrowly voted not to approve the tentative agreement in January.

Teachers continue to work under the 2017-2019 contract and continue to receive pay as usual. Many teachers who qualified for what’s known as step increases, were moved up on the salary scale in July 2019. 

New mediation dates are expected to be scheduled soon.

The original tentative agreement between District 833 and the United Teachers of South Washington County (UTSWC) included:

Salary Schedule:

  • Steps and lanes (started July 1, 2019)
  • 1.7 percent salary increase beginning March 1, 2020
  • 2.4 percent salary increase beginning July 1, 2020
  • Adult Basic Education: Increase of $1/hr beginning July 1, 2020
  • Extracurricular (Schedule C) rates:
    • An increase from $133 to $138 per point in 2019-2020 
    • An increase from $138 to $140 per point in 2020-2021

Health Insurance:

  • Jan. 1, 2020: District increase: 7.8 percent single; 3 percent family
  • Jan. 1: 2021: District increase: 2 percent single: 2 percent family
  • No change to VEBA contributions