2015-16 Bargaining

    The SVEA Bargaining Team:
    The 2015-16 SVEA Bargaining Team was comprised of (in alphabetical order):

    Bargaining Team
    The Bargaining Team met in November
    to establish group norms.
    • Lynn Bradwell, CKMS Teacher
    • Jeff Hogan, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
    • Warren Hopkins, District Consultant
    • Chris Jackson, MSHS Teacher
    • Freedom Johnson, SVEA Consultant
    • Tony Manjarrez, CKMS Teacher
    • Lisa Radmer, NBES librarian and SVEA President
    • Rhonda Schmidt, MSHS Assistant Principal
    • Ryan Stokes, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations
    • Ray Wilson, CVES Principal
    • Amy Wright, OES Principal
    • Nate Ziemkowski, SES Teacher
    • Plus, Jaime Siegel, PERC Facilitator
     Bargaining meetings:
    • June Bargaining Meeting Series #8:
      June 23 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) and June 24 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • June Bargaining Meeting Series #7: June 14 (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
    • June Bargaining Meeting Series #6:
      June 1 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and June 2 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • May Bargaining Meeting Series #5:
      May 10 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and May 11 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • April Bargaining Meeting Series #4:
      April 26 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and April 27 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • March Bargaining Meeting Series #3:
      March 22 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and March 23 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • March Bargaining Meeting Series #2:
      March 1 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and March 2 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)
    • February Bargaining Meeting Series #1:
      February 9 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) and February 10 (7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.)

    Pre-Bargaining meetings:

    • January 19, 2016 (4:30-6 p.m.)
    • November 17, 2015 (4-5:30 p.m.)
    • October 6, 2015, (7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.)
    • May 10, 2015 (4:30-7:30 p.m.)


    Bargaining Team Group Norms:

    Participants (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.
    • Warren and Freedom are non-voting team members.
    • Begin and end meetings on time.
    • Lisa 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.
    Key Dates:
    • Establish meeting dates ahead of time.
    • District will notify SVEA when FY 2014-2015 financials are available.
    • 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.
    Decision Making:
    • 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.
    • Utilize PERC facilitators for the first few sessions. Either side can request PERC facilitators to return for future meeting.
    • 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.