Teachers' union reaches tentative agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Teachers’ union reaches tentative agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Teachers' union reaches tentative agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District
The MDEA Bargaining Team included Linda Ortega, Julia Jameyson, Rosa Garcia, Laura Quinn, and Sharon Simone. The MDUSD Bargaining Team included Dr. John Rubio, Jennifer Sachs, Dr. Wendi Aghily, Lynsie  Castillano, Kathryn Fireman, Ryan Sheehy, Dr. Lisa Gonzales, and Mika Arbelbide.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Mar. 19, 2022) — Around 600 teachers picketed in front of Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s administrative offices on Friday, March 18, signaling a possible strike.

At the same time, the Mt. Diablo Educators Association (MDEA) Bargaining Team and the MDUSD Bargaining Team met with the fact-finding panel. Both MDEA and the MDUSD bargaining team members presented their cases to the fact-finding panel for its consideration.

After numerous hours of work, and after the state-appointed neutral fact-finding panel chair weighed in, the teams have reached a full tentative agreement.

The agreement includes the following:

Salary Schedule Increases

  • 2021 – 2022,  4% on-schedule effective July 1, 2021
  • 2022 – 2023,  4% on-schedule effective July 1, 2022
  • 2023 – 2024,  2.5% on-schedule effective July 1, 2023

This totals a 10.5% salary increase over the three-year term of the contract.

MDUSD will distribute retroactive payments within 60 days of when the Board approves the agreement.

Prep Time and Class Sizes

The agreement preserves both the prep time for fourth and fifth grade teachers and the assessment period for secondary SDC teachers assigned to a departmental model.  The agreement also ensures the new state law regarding Transitional Kindergarten staffing ratios will be followed, and it limits class sizes at continuation high schools to 28.

The groups will share many other changes to language in the coming days.

Both MDEA and the District believe this settlement represents the best agreement possible after discussion with the fact-finding panel, and considering the available up-to-date information.

A press release sent early Saturday morning stated, “Thank you to everyone who has actively engaged in this process, from bargaining team members and Board members, to those who attended meetings and public events, to those who have shown support and encouragement to all involved in pursuit of reaching the best possible settlement for our students, our educators, our community, our schools, and our district.

Both the MDEA and MDUSD Bargaining Teams sincerely appreciate all of the work and time that so many of you have put into supporting these negotiations, and ensuring that a meaningful settlement that supports students, and values the work of educators could be reached.”

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