2018 Re-opener Discussions
This is the second year of the three-year SVEA contract that is effective through August 31, 2019. Bargaining discussions in spring (2018) have been focused on a single re-opener in the contract that focuses on a review of compensation in comparison to neighboring districts in an effort to remain competitive.
SVEA Bargaining Team:
The 2018 SVEA Bargaining Team is comprised of (in alphabetical order):
- Lynn Bradwell, CKMS Teacher
- Jeff Hogan, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
- Chris Jackson, MSHS Teacher
- Amy Jones, Instructional Coach
- Tony Manjarrez, CKMS Teacher
- Michael Ruiz, UniServ Representative
- Dan Schlotfeldt, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
- Rhonda Schmidt, Two Rivers Principal
- Ryan Stokes, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations
- Amy Wright, TRES Principal
- Nate Ziemkowski, SES Teacher and SVEA President
Schedule of Meetings:
- August 14 (1 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
- June 29 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- June 8 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
- June 1 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
- March 15, 2018 (4 – 6 p.m.)
Bargaining Team Group Norms:
Participants (typically 6 members on each team):
- Each team leader decides if sufficient team members are present to meet and make decisions.
- Experts invited as guests as agreed upon and on the agenda.
- No alternates.
- Begin and end meetings on time.
- Nate and Jeff determine meeting location.
- Coordinate food if meetings are during meal times and eat together.
- A draft agenda for the next meeting will be determined at the end of each meeting and made available to each team ahead of time.
- Establish meeting dates ahead of time.
- Establish comparables and conduct joint compensation analysis prior to start of bargaining.
- Non-monetary issues to be discussed at the first bargaining meeting.
- Establish benchmark dates- attempt to bring all issues to the table by March 31st unless agreed upon through decision making process.
- Decisions made by using the “thumbs” consensus model.
- Thumbs sideways or down given the opportunity to explain their reservations.
- 75% of thumbs up needed to approve a decision.
- Any agreed upon joint communications will list all bargaining team members. Intent is to provide regular update.
- A summary of each meeting is generated that includes: Attendees, length of meeting, decisions made, topics discussed, responsibilities for the next meeting and future dates.
- Summary to be e-mailed to bargaining team prior to the next meeting and reviewed at the beginning of each meeting and corrections made as needed.
- Responsibility for meeting summaries rotated between groups.
- When communicating with external constituents, team refrains from inflammatory remarks/statements that might negatively impact future bargaining sessions.
- Respect/protect identity of individual team member's opinions.
- After a tentative agreement is made, draft language should be presented at the next bargaining meeting. Prior to ratification contract language should be finalized.
- Commit to looking at issues with an open mind.
- Parties will be open and honest with each other and if there is disagreement, share at that time.
- Avoid caucuses at the beginning of meetings, come prepared.
- Be present and engaged during meetings.
- Avoid "Us" vs. "Them".
- Avoid using mobile devices during discussions.
- Demonstrate respect by listening when others are speaking, not interrupting and not engaging in side conversations.
- Process checks and timeouts can be called by anyone.
- Group Norms can be modified if necessary.
- Pre-determined observers (example: a School Board member) may sit in on meetings.
- When a decision has been made the actual contract language will be jointly drafted by bargaining team or a sub-committee.
- Try to avoid gaps larger than two weeks between bargaining sessions.
- Attempt to prioritize important issues so that there is adequate time to work on a solution.
- Try to schedule meetings in blocks of time, i.e. an afternoon/evening meeting followed by a full-day meeting.
- If the process breaks down, the parties may agree to return to the “traditional” bargaining model.