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School workers union airs proposal

August 30, 2018

NEEDLES —The California School Employees Association Needles Chapter 22 made their proposed contract changes public on Aug. 21. The proposal was submitted to the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees.

The CSEA web site reports it is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing more than 240,000 school support staff throughout California. Employment categories specifically listed include food service, maintenance and operations, office and technical, transportation, special services and ‘paraeducators;’ all of which are generally described as ‘classified’ employees.

According to background information provided by school staff; the changes include:

• Article 2, employee rights: The CSEA seeks clarification and modifications to language in regard to filling vacant positions.

• Article 3, employee benefits: The CSEA seeks changes regarding health and welfare benefits including coverage and eligibility for existing members and decreasing out-of-pocket expenses for employees.

• Article 4, grievance: CSEA seeks clarity on the grievance timelines.

• Article 5, compensation. The CSEA seeks increases to compensation including, but not limited to, on-schedule wage increases and longevity increases.

“This is their sunshine proposal,” said Debra Downey, NUSD chief business officer. “This now opens up the process to negotiate.”

The purpose of a sunshine proposal is to make the union’s position available for public viewing as negotiations begin.

“We will put together our proposal and then move forward with negotiations with the CSEA,” said Mary McNeil, Ph.D., NUSD superintendent

The NUSD Board of Trustees accepted the CSEA Chapter 22 sunshine proposal during their board meeting on Aug. 21.

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