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Negotiations and Labor Relations

Negotiations Updates 2023

The Pleasanton Unified School District is proud to work alongside our labor partners in service to our students and community: Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT), Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) Union Local 155.

This page serves as the primary resource for updates on negotiations. We hope you find this to be a useful tool to support effective communication.

Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT)

Update on APT Mediation February 9, 2024  

The Public Employees Relation Board (PERB) has selected the Neutral Chair of the three-member Fact Finding Panel.

The Fact Finding Panel has scheduled the Hearing for February 26, 2024. PUSD and APT will present their arguments and date to the Fact Finding Panel for consideration. The Chair will prepare a "Report" of their findings after the hearing. PUSD and APT can reach a Tentative Agreement anytime during this process.

Update on APT Mediation January 12, 2024

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the State appointed Mediator sent a letter to the Public Employees Relation Board (PERB) releasing the parties from Mediation and recommending the Fact Finding process to reach a settlement. Our next steps in the Impasse Process will be to work with PERB to establish the three-member panel and determine the hearing date, which will be scheduled within 10 days of the panel information.

Due to the recent departure of Mr. Hernandez, the lead negotiator for the District will be Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Mr. Ahmad Sheikholeslami.

Update on APT Mediation from December 15, 2023

The District and APT met for Mediation on December 15, 2023. As the session concluded, APT requested additional time to consider the District's proposal. The District agreed to the request in the interest of seeking an amicable resolution in the Mediation process.

Update on APT Negotiations from November 7, 2023

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) returned to continue negotiations, with the shared goal of reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement. Unfortunately, the parties were unable to come to an agreement. If circumstances change, PUSD and APT agreed to return to the negotiations table for further discussion. Otherwise mediation will occur as scheduled on Friday, December 15, 2023. 

Update on APT Negotiations November 6, 2023

Pleasanton, California – The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) is pleased to announce that the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (APT) has agreed to return to the negotiations table on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

On October 24, 2023 APT declared impasse in negotiations, which initiated the State mediation process. This process begins with mediation facilitate by a State of California mediator assigned by the Mediation and Conciliation Service of the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). Mediation is currently scheduled for Friday, December 15, 2023. This process will continue as scheduled unless APT and PUSD reach an agreement prior to December 15, 2023 which is the outcome sought by both parties.

PUSD extended an invitation to APT to continue negotiations, with the shared goal of reaching a mutually satisfactory agreement. APT accepted this invitation and PUSD is looking forward to constructive discussions aimed at settling the current negotiations.

Update on APT Negotiations from October 24, 2023

It is our belief that a collaborative and sustainable agreement is the key to maintaining the exceptional quality of education that our community expects and deserves. As such, we have engaged in numerous negotiation sessions and exchanged multiple proposals to address the concerns of both parties and reach an agreement that is beneficial for all. Unfortunately, during our collective bargaining session, APT declared impasse in our efforts to reach an agreement. Given the significant differences in our compensation proposals, the District agreed that the parties are at impasse.

The District stands ready to participate in good faith in the impasse process to reach a settlement as outlined in California law. The District is committed to finding a resolution that is in the best interests of our students, teachers, and community, while remaining fiscally solvent (see October 26, 2023 Board Meeting Budget Update Video and Presentation Slides).

We understand the daily challenges those of us in education face as dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to put students first. We believe and expect that all parties will continue to exhibit that professionalism and focus on the educational experience of our students.

Negotiations Process

 

 

Cost Analysis of APT and District 2023-2024 Proposals

 

Progress on negotiations for each Collective Bargaining Agreement article is summarized in the charts below, which display proposals and counters presented by APT and the District, along with the status of each item (indicated as AGREED or NEGOTIATING).

Article 9: Class Size

Article APT District Status
9.1.5 APT proposed changing the counseling staffing ratios to be 450:1 at the comprehensive high school, 550:1 at each middle school and 650:1 at each elementary school. The District proposed maintaining the current counseling staffing ratios at 685:1. NEGOTIATING
9.1.9 APT proposed changing the Speech and Language Pathologist caseload from 50 to 45 and the Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood caseload from 40 to 30. The District proposed maintaining the current caseloads for Speech and Language Pathologist and for Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood. NEGOTIATING
9.2.1
APT adjusted their proposed changes to maximum class sizes as follows:
Grade TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1
student-to-adult ratio
Grades K-3 from 32 to 24
Grades 4-5 maintain at 31
Grades 6-8 from 34 to 33
Grades 9-12 from 37 to 36

The District AGREED to decrease the maximum class size for TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio, and AGREED to decrease the maximum class size for K-3 from 32 to 24. 

The District proposed maintaining current class sizes for all other grades.

NEGOTIATING
9.2.1.2

APT proposed that each special education student at the elementary level who is eligible for mainstream opportunities per their IEP be assigned to a general education classroom roster. 


APT AGREED to the District’s timeline proposal.
The District AGREED with APT’s proposal that students with IEPs will be rostered in general education classrooms
 
The District proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:
TK-K 2024-2025
1 2025-2026
2 2026-2027  
3 2027-2028
4 2028-2029
5 2029-2030
NEGOTIATING
9.2.2 APT proposed that the payment for classes exceeding the class size cap be increased to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each student over the cap. The District maintained the previous offer of six dollars ($6.00) per day for each student over the cap NEGOTIATING
9.2.4 APT proposed to include assignment changes to be considered for up to two (2) days’ release time and discretion of supervisor must include APT agreement. The District AGREED to specify up to two (2) days’ release time for assignment, classroom and site changes, but maintains the decision is at the discretion of the supervisor. NEGOTIATING
9.3.1 APT proposed that when caseloads exceed specific maximums, the Education Specialist/case manager be compensated $40.00 per work day for each additional student on their caseload, and that an individual caseload not surpass the maximums by more than three (3) students. The District proposed maintaining current contract language that a Special Education unit member who has concerns with their assigned caseload will collaborate with the site/program administrator within 10 days of the reported concern. NEGOTIATING
9.3.2 APT proposed new language that Special Education Educators be paid at their per diem hourly rate on a timecard for completion of assessments that are in excess of maximum caseloads. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. The District AGREED to remove APT proposed new language that no less than 3.0 FTE shall be dedicated to conducting assessments for students assigned to NPA/NPS placements, private school students in district boundaries and initial assessments. NEGOTIATING

Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits

Article APT District Status
10.4

APT modified their proposal for the contribution of benefits to align with the District proposal but added a caveat that the amount provided by the District would remain at 100% of the Kaiser Employee Only cost even as premiums increase.

The District and APT AGREED on a $12,256 annual contribution towards the unit members benefit plan but we continue to negotiate the language in this section. The District does not agree to committing to ongoing, unpredictable increases in premiums by the District. NEGOTIATING

Article 11: Salaries

Article APT District Status
11.1 APT decreased their proposal for the 2023-2024 school year from fifteen percent (15.0%) to a fourteen and one-quarter percent (14.25%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. The District maintained their 2023-2024 offer of a six and one-half percent (6.50%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. NEGOTIATING
11.3.1 APT proposed new language that, effective July 1, 2023, existing members who provide verification of previous professional experience (not already credited) be advanced on the salary schedule to reflect those years of experience on the 2023-2024 salary schedule. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING
11.13 APT AGREED to maintain current language with regards to forty five (45) semester hours of unit credit toward placement on the salary schedule through staff development training. The District has AGREED to maintain the current language. AGREED
Exhibit A-1

APT proposed additional increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1. They made some modifications to their previous proposal for stipends for the Masters and National Board Certification, and to the Professional Hourly Rate.

APT AGREED to maintain the stipend for Reading Specialists, MS Head Coach, MS Assistant Coach, MS Athletic Director, and MS Cheer Coach.

 

APT Counter Proposal Exhibit A-1: Stipends

The District AGREED to the stipends increases for Special Education, Dual Language Immersion, and Outdoor Education. 

 

The District proposed an increase for stipends for Masters, Doctorate, and National Board Certification from $750 to $1000.  


The District has not agreed to additional proposed increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1.
NEGOTIATING


 

Update on APT Negotiations from October 17, 2023 

The District has offered APT:
  1. An increase of 6.5% to the salary schedule

  2. A $12,256 contribution towards health and welfare benefits, representing 100% of the cost of the premium Kaiser Single medical plan

  3. Increases to stipends for Dual Language Immersion teachers, Special Education teachers, and teachers participating in Outdoor Education

The District’s offer:
  • Maintains the highly competitive compensation structure for teachers as compared to other school districts in our region, placing PUSD teachers among the top paid in the County (see tables below)

  • Provides for the first time 100% health insurance coverage for teachers, at the Kaiser Single Premium medical coverage (valued at $12,256)

  • Maintains the excellent working conditions for staff and learning conditions for students, which have resulted in PUSD becoming a destination school district

  • Ensures that the District can meet its financial obligations in the current fiscal year and in the two subsequent fiscal years

APT’s most recent counter-proposal made on October 10, 2023 will cause financial insolvency for the Pleasanton Unified School District.

The District proposal ensures fiscal stability by maintaining the statutory required 3% reserve level in the current and two subsequent budget years. PUSD will need to make programmatic and expenditure reductions to reduce deficit spending in its budget. PUSD is also managing the financial impacts from declining enrollment and will need to continue right-sizing of its staff and programs. In light of these challenges, the current offer is generous and above the annual 2023 Consumer Price Index (CPI) (3.4% Annual, August 2023) and above the 2023-2024 effective Cost of Living Increase (COLA) of 5.88% to our Local Control Funding Formula.

The next Negotiations meeting is scheduled for October 24, 2023.

2023-2024 Certificated Salary Comparison 

(to view source data click HERE)

Note: "STEP" indicates year of certificated employment.

 

 

 


 

Update on APT Negotiations from October 10, 2023:

During the October 10 Negotiations session, the District and APT exchanged proposals on Article 9: Class Size, Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits, and Article 11: Salaries. 

Both the District and APT made movement towards consensus on Article 10: The District increased its offer from 80% coverage to 100% coverage for Kaiser Employee Only. APT agreed to this language, but their proposal also includes automatic annual rate increases in future years.

With respect to salaries, APT maintained their previous proposal of 15.0% on-schedule salary increase. In response, the District improved its prior offer from 6.30% to a 6.50% on-schedule salary increase. 

The District presented dates to APT for future bargaining sessions.
APT committed to one additional bargaining session on October 17, 2023.

Progress on negotiations for each Collective Bargaining Agreement article is summarized in the charts below, which display proposals and counters presented by APT and the District, along with the status of each item (indicated as AGREED or NEGOTIATING).

Article 9: Class Size

Article APT District Status
9.1.5 APT proposed changing the counseling staffing ratios to be 450:1 at the comprehensive high school, 550:1 at each middle school and 650:1 at each elementary school. The District proposed maintaining the current counseling staffing ratios at 685:1. NEGOTIATING
9.1.9 APT proposed changing the Speech and Language Pathologist caseload from 50 to 40 and the Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood caseload from 40 to 30. The District proposed maintaining the current caseloads for Speech and Language Pathologist and for Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood. NEGOTIATING
9.2.1
APT adjusted their proposed changes to maximum class sizes as follows:
Grade TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1
student-to-adult ratio
Grades K-3 from 32 to 24
Grades 4-5 maintain at 31
Grades 6-8 from 34 to 31
Grades 9-12 from 37 to 34

The District AGREED to decrease the maximum class size for TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio.

The District proposed maintaining current class sizes for all other grades.

NEGOTIATING
9.2.1.2

APT proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:

  • TK-K, 5 2024-2025
  • 1, 4 2025-2026
  • 2, 3 2026-2027
The District AGREED that each special education student at the elementary level who is eligible for mainstream opportunities per their IEP be assigned to a general education classroom roster.
 
The District proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:
TK-K 2024-2025
1 2025-2026
2 2026-2027  
3 2027-2028
4 2028-2029
5 2029-2030
NEGOTIATING
9.2.2 APT proposed that the payment for classes exceeding the class size cap be increased to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each student over the cap. The District maintained the previous offer of six dollars ($6.00) per day for each student over the cap NEGOTIATING
9.2.4 APT proposed to include assignment changes to be considered for up to two (2) days’ release time and discretion of supervisor must include APT agreement. The District AGREED to specify up to two (2) days’ release time for assignment, classroom and site changes, but maintains the decision is at the discretion of the supervisor. NEGOTIATING
9.3.1 APT proposed that when caseloads exceed specific maximums, the Education Specialist/case manager be compensated $40.00 per work day for each additional student on their caseload, and that an individual caseload not surpass the maximums by more than three (3) students. The District proposed maintaining current contract language that a Special Education unit member who has concerns with their assigned caseload will collaborate with the site/program administrator within 10 days of the reported concern. NEGOTIATING
9.3.2 APT proposed new language that Special Education Educators be paid at their per diem hourly rate on a timecard for completion of assessments that are in excess of maximum caseloads. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. The District AGREED to strike APT proposed new language that no less than 3.0 FTE shall be dedicated to conducting assessments for students assigned to NPA/NPS placements, private school students in district boundaries and initial assessments. NEGOTIATING

Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits

Article APT District Status
10.4

APT modified their proposal for the contribution of benefits to align with the District proposal but added a caveat that the amount provided by the District would remain at 100% of the Kaiser Employee Only cost even as premiums increase.

The District and APT AGREED on a $12,256 annual contribution towards the unit members benefit plan but we continue to negotiate the language in this section. The District does not agree to committing to ongoing, unpredictable increases in premiums by the District. NEGOTIATING
10.4.2.2 APT AGREED to maintain the current cash-in-lieu contribution. District proposes maintaining the current cash-in-lieu contribution of $2000 for any member not participating in the CalPERS Health Benefits. AGREED

Article 11: Salaries

Article APT District Status
11.1 APT maintained their proposal for the 2023-2024 school year of a fifteen percent (15.0%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. The District increased their offer for 2023-2024 from a six and three-tenths percent (6.30%) to a six and one-half percent (6.50%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. NEGOTIATING
11.2.2.3 APT struck their proposed new section requesting to negotiate signing bonuses The District AGREED to maintain its original position on excluding this new language. AGREED
11.3.1 APT proposed new language that, effective July 1, 2023, existing members who provide verification of previous professional experience (not already credited) be advanced on the salary schedule to reflect those years of experience on the 2023-2024 salary schedule. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING
11.13 APT revised their proposal from two hundred twenty-five (225) semester hours of unit credit annually to a maximum of one hundred eighty (180) semester hours of unit credit toward placement on the salary schedule through staff development training. The District has not agreed to this APT language. NEGOTIATING
Exhibit  A-1

APT proposed additional increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1. They made some modifications to their previous proposal for stipends for the Masters and National Board Certification, and to the Professional Hourly Rate.

APT Counter Proposal Exhibit A-1: Stipends

The District AGREED to the stipends for Special Education, Dual Language Immersion, and Outdoor Education. The District has not agreed to the proposed additional increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1. NEGOTIATING

 

Update on APT Negotiations from September 27, 2023:

During the September 27 Negotiations session, the Business Services Division presented to APT Benefits Open Enrollment Information and a Budget Update (dated September 23, 2023). In addition, the District and APT exchanged proposals on Article 9: Class Size, Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits, and Article 11: Salaries.

The District and APT are in agreement with the addition of a stipend of $225 per night for certificated staff members participating in Elementary School Outdoor Education overnight supervision.

Both the District and APT made movement towards consensus on Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits. APT revised their previous proposal from full medical coverage for all plans to full coverage for Kaiser Employee Only and 80% coverage for all other Kaiser plans. The District increased its offer from 75% coverage to 80% coverage for Kaiser Employee Only.

With respect to salaries, APT modified their previous proposal of 15.5% to a 15.0% on-schedule salary increase. In response, the District improved its prior offer of 6.25% to a 6.30% on-schedule salary increase. 

The District presented the following dates to APT for future bargaining sessions:

  • October 4, 2023

  • October 10, 2023

  • October 18, 2023

  • October 20, 2023

  • October 24, 2023

APT committed to one meeting on October 10, 2023.

Progress on negotiations for each Collective Bargaining Agreement article is summarized in the charts below, which display proposals and counters presented by APT and the District, along with the status of each item (indicated as AGREED or NEGOTIATING).

Article 9: Class Size

Article APT District Status
9.1.5 APT proposed changing the counseling staffing ratios to be 450:1 at the comprehensive high school, 550:1 at each middle school and 650:1 at each elementary school. The District proposed maintaining the current counseling staffing ratios at 685:1. NEGOTIATING
9.1.9 APT proposed changing the Speech and Language Pathologist caseload from 50 to 40 and the Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood caseload from 40 to 30. The District proposed maintaining the current caseloads for Speech and Language Pathologist and for Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood. NEGOTIATING
9.2.1

APT proposed changes to maximum class sizes as follows:

  • Grade TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio
  • Grades K-3 from 32 to 24
  • Grades 4-5 maintain at 31
  • Grades 6-8 from 34 to 30
  • Grades 9-12 from 37 to 33

The District AGREED to decreasing the maximum class size for TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio. 

The District proposed maintaining current class sizes for all other grades.

NEGOTIATING
9.2.1.2

APT proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:

  • TK-K, 5 2024-2025
  • 1, 4 2025-2026
  • 2, 3 2026-2027

The District AGREED that each special education student at the elementary level who is eligible for mainstream opportunities per their IEP be assigned to a general education classroom roster.

The District proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:

  • TK-K 2024-2025
  • 1 2025-2026
  • 2 2026-2027
  • 3 2027-2028
  • 4 2028-2029
  • 5 2029-2030
NEGOTIATING
9.2.2 APT proposed that the payment for classes exceeding the class size cap be increased to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each student over the cap. The District proposed increasing the payment from the current two dollars ($2.00) to six dollars ($6.00) per day for each student over the cap. NEGOTIATING
9.2.4 APT proposed that up to two (2) days’ release time be provided to teachers whose assignments/classrooms/sites are changed due to changes in staff size at any time of the school year, and not just during the first fifteen days of the school year or at semesters/trimesters. The District AGREED to APT language that up to two (2) days’ release time be provided to teachers whose classrooms/sites (but not assignments) are changed due to changes in staff size at any time of the school year, and not just during the first fifteen days of the school year or at semesters/trimesters. NEGOTIATING
9.3.1 APT proposed that when caseloads exceed specific maximums, the Education Specialist/case manager be compensated $40.00 per work day for each additional student on their caseload, and that an individual caseload not surpass the maximums by more than three (3) students. The District proposed maintaining current contract language that a Special Education unit member who has concerns with their assigned caseload will collaborate with the site/program administrator within 10 days of the reported concern. NEGOTIATING
9.3.2 APT proposed new language that Special Education Educators be paid at their per diem hourly rate on a timecard for completion of assessments that are in excess of maximum caseloads, and that no less than 3.0 FTE shall be dedicated to conducting assessments for students assigned to NPA/NPS placements, private school students in district boundaries and initial assessments. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING

Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits

Article APT District Status
10.4

APT modified their proposal for the contribution to Unit Member CalPERS health benefits to cover the full cost, including all premium increases of Kaiser Permanente Employee Only; 80% of the full cost, including all premium increases of Kaiser Permanente Employee Plus One; and 80% of the the full cost, including all premium increases of Kaiser Permanente Employee Plus Two or more which includes all CalPERS required contributions, for any member participating in health benefits effective July 1, 2023 prorated by FTE and by timing of the election of benefits

The District proposed increasing the contribution to Unit Member CalPERS health benefits from their previous proposal of $8,078 to $9,805, which includes all CalPERS required contributions, for any member participating in health benefits effective January 1, 2024 prorated by FTE and by timing of the election of benefits. NEGOTIATING
10.4.2.2 APT proposed effective July 1, 2024 an annual cash-in-lieu contribution equal to twenty percent (20%) of the “Kaiser Permanente Employee Only” premium (or equivalent, if not available) including all premium increases for any member not participating in health benefits program prorated by FTE, hire date, termination date, and date of election of benefits The District proposed effective July 1, 2023 maintaining the annual cash-in-lieu contribution at $2000 for any member not participating in health benefits program prorated by FTE, hire date, termination date, and date of election of benefits NEGOTIATING

Article 11: Salaries

Article APT District Status
11.1 APT reduced their proposal for the 2023-2024 school year from a fifteen and one half percent (15.5%) to a fifteen percent (15.0%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. The District proposed increasing the offer for 2023-2024 from their initial proposal of six percent (6.0%) to a six and one quarter percent (6.25%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. NEGOTIATING
11.2.2.3 APT proposed new language that when signing bonuses are offered to any new hire, the bonus also be given to all current APT bargaining unit members in that same position. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING
11.3.1 APT proposed new language that, effective July 1, 2023, existing members who provide verification of previous professional experience (not already credited) be advanced on the salary schedule to reflect those years of experience on the 2023-2024 salary schedule. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING
11.13 APT revised their proposal from forty-five semester hours of unit credit annually to a maximum of two hundred twenty-five (225) semester hours of unit credit toward placement on the salary schedule through staff development training. The District has not agreed to this APT language. NEGOTIATING
Exhibit  A-1 APT proposed a stipend for Elementary School Outdoor Education overnight supervision at $225 per night. The District AGREED to add a stipend for teachers participating in Elementary School Outdoor Education overnight supervision at $225 per night AGREED
Exhibit  A-1

APT proposed additional increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1. They made some modifications to their previous proposal for stipends for the Masters and National Board Certification, and to the Professional Hourly Rate.

APT Counter Proposal Exhibit A-1: Stipends

The District has not agreed to these changes to language. NEGOTIATING

 

Update on APT Negotiations from September 6, 2023:

The Negotiations session on September 6 was productive. The District and APT came to a tentative agreement on Article 20: Calendar, which includes the 2024-2025 Instructional Calendar. The District and APT also agreed to a number of changes in Article 9: Class Size.

No movement was made on Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits. With respect to salaries, APT made no movement from their 15.5% initial proposal for Article 11: Salaries. In response, the District added .25% to its previous offer of 6.0%, for a total 6.25% on-schedule salary increase.

On September 6, the District presented the following dates to APT for future bargaining sessions:

  • September 20, 2023

  • September 27, 2023

  • October 4, 2023

  • October 10, 2023

  • October 18, 2023

  • October 20, 2023

  • October 24, 2023

APT responded that they could currently only commit to one meeting on September 27, 2023, and declined to schedule any further bargaining sessions.

Progress on negotiations for each Collective Bargaining Agreement article is summarized in the charts below, which display proposals and counters presented by APT and the District, along with the status of each item (indicated as AGREED or NEGOTIATING).

Article 20: Calendar

Article APT District Status
20.3.2 APT proposed that Human Resources should notify all unit members prior to a mandatory staff development day of the process for reporting an absence to HR for that mandatory staff development day. The District AGREED to APT language. AGREED
Calendar

APT proposed that Human Resources should notify all unit members in advance by email about the process to notify HR of their choice for the Alternate Teacher Work Day option as indicated on the DRAFT 2024-2025 Instructional Calendar (pending APT approval and signature).

The District AGREED to APT language. AGREED

Article 9: Class Size

Article APT District Status
9.1.2 APT proposed decreasing the staffing for average class sizes for grades TK-3 from 30 to 24 and for grades 4-5 from 31 to 30. The District AGREED to APT language to decrease staffing for average TK class sizes from 30 to 24. AGREED
9.1.5 APT proposed changing the counseling staffing ratios to be 450:1 at the comprehensive high school, 550:1 at each middle school and 650:1 at each elementary school. The District proposed maintaining the current counseling staffing ratios at 685:1. NEGOTIATING
9.1.7 APT proposed a funding allocation for no less than fifteen (15) full-time equivalent district school psychologist positions. The District AGREED to APT language to increase the funding allocation for 15 district school psychologist positions. AGREED
9.1.9 APT proposed changing the Speech and Language Pathologist caseload from 50 to 40 and the Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood caseload from 40 to 30. The District proposed maintaining the current caseloads for Speech and Language Pathologist and for Speech and Language Pathologists Early Childhood. NEGOTIATING
9.2.1

APT proposed changes to maximum class sizes as follows:

  • Grade TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio
  • Grades K-3 from 32 to 24
  • Grades 4-5 maintain at 31
  • Grades 6-8 from 34 to 30
  • Grades 9-12 from 37 to 33

The District AGREED to decreasing the maximum class size for TK from 32 to 24 with a 12:1 student to adult ratio. 

The District proposed maintaining current class sizes for all other grades.

NEGOTIATING
9.2.1.2

APT proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:

  • TK-K, 5 2024-2025
  • 1, 4 2025-2026
  • 2, 3 2026-2027

The District AGREED that each special education student at the elementary level who is eligible for mainstream opportunities per their IEP be assigned to a general education classroom roster.

The District proposed phasing in this plan per the following timeline:

  • TK-K 2024-2025
  • 1 2025-2026
  • 2 2026-2027
  • 3 2027-2028
  • 4 2028-2029
  • 5 2029-2030
NEGOTIATING
9.2.2 APT proposed that the payment for classes exceeding the class size cap be increased to twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per day for each student over the cap. The District proposed maintaining the current payment of two dollars ($2.00) per day for each student over the cap. NEGOTIATING
9.2.4 APT proposed that up to two (2) days’ release time be provided to teachers whose assignments/classrooms/sites are changed due to changes in staff size at any time of the school year, and not just during the first fifteen days of the school year or at semesters/trimesters. The District AGREED to APT language that up to two (2) days’ release time be provided to teachers whose classrooms/sites (but not assignments) are changed due to changes in staff size at any time of the school year, and not just during the first fifteen days of the school year or at semesters/trimesters. NEGOTIATING
9.3.1 APT proposed that when caseloads exceed specific maximums, the Education Specialist/case manager be compensated $40.00 per work day for each additional student on their caseload, and that an individual caseload not surpass the maximums by more than three (3) students. The District proposed maintaining current contract language that a Special Education unit member who has concerns with their assigned caseload will collaborate with the site/program administrator within 10 days of the reported concern. NEGOTIATING
9.3.2 APT proposed new language that Special Education Educators be paid at their per diem hourly rate on a timecard for completion of assessments that are in excess of maximum caseloads, and that no less than 3.0 FTE shall be dedicated to conducting assessments for students assigned to NPA/NPS placements, private school students in district boundaries and initial assessments. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING

Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits

Article APT District Status
10.4 APT proposed increasing the contribution to Unit Member CalPERS health benefits the full cost, including all premium increases, Employee Only, Employee Plus One, and Employee Plus Two or more, which includes all CalPERS required contributions, for any member participating in health benefits effective July 1, 2023 prorated by FTE and by timing of the election of benefits. The District proposed increasing the contribution to Unit Member CalPERS health benefits from $5,000 to a maximum of $8,078, which includes all CalPERS required contributions, for any member participating in health benefits effective January 1, 2024 prorated by FTE and by timing of the election of benefits. NEGOTIATING
10.4.2.2 APT proposed effective July 1, 2024 an annual cash-in-lieu contribution equal to twenty percent (20%) of the “Kaiser Permanente Employee Only” premium (or equivalent, if not available) including all premium increases for any member not participating in health benefits program prorated by FTE, hire date, termination date, and date of election of benefits. The District proposed effective July 1, 2023 maintaining the annual cash-in-lieu contribution at $2000 for any member not participating in health benefits program prorated by FTE, hire date, termination date, and date of election of benefits. NEGOTIATING

Article 11: Salaries

Article APT District Status
11.1 APT proposed for the 2023-2024 school year a fifteen and one half percent (15.5%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023. The District increased their  offer for 2023-2024 from a six and one quarter percent (6.25%) to a six and three-tenths percent (6.30%) on-schedule increase to the certificated bargaining unit salary schedules effective July 1, 2023 NEGOTIATING
11.2.2.3 APT proposed new language that when signing bonuses are offered to any new hire, the bonus also be given to all current APT bargaining unit members in that same position. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. NEGOTIATING
11.3.1 APT proposed new language that, effective July 1, 2023, existing members who provide verification of previous professional experience (not already credited) be advanced on the salary schedule to reflect those years of experience on the 2023-2024 salary schedule. The District has not agreed to this new APT language. Negotiating

11.8

11.8.1

APT AGREED to this new District language as memorialized in the MOU dated 5/15/23. The District proposed language in an MOU that continuing education, professional education, and community college units be acceptable for course work for salary credit. AGREED
11.10 Though APT had initially sought to remove this language, they AGREED to keep it in the contract. The District proposed to maintain language that after initial salary schedule placement of a new unit member, course work for salary credit shall receive prior approval from the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. AGREED
11.12.1.1 APT proposed the annual remuneration for high school department chairpersons be increased by $7,995, but AGREED to maintain the current language. The District proposed that annual remuneration for high school department chairpersons remain at the current amounts stated in the contract. AGREED
11.12.2.1 APT proposed the annual remuneration for middle school department chairpersons be increased by $7,995, but AGREED to maintain the current language. The District proposed that annual remuneration for middle school department chairpersons remain at the current amounts stated in the contract. AGREED
11.13 APT proposed that up to forty-five semester hours of unit credit be allowed every year toward placement on the salary schedule through staff development training. The District has not agreed to this APT language. NEGOTIATING
Exhibit  A-1 APT AGREED to increasing the Dual Language Immersion stipend. The District proposed increasing the BCLAD stipend at $500 to a Dual Language Immersion Teacher stipend at $5555. AGREED
Exhibit  A-1 APT proposed increasing the Special Education Specialists stipend for Speech Language Pathologists, Mental Health Clinicians, and Behavior Specialists to $5000. The District AGREED to increasing the Special Education stipend. AGREED
Exhibit  A-1 APT AGREED to increasing the Special Education stipend. The District proposed increasing the stipend for Special Ed stipend for Resource, SDC, Program Specialists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and AT Specialists to $5000. AGREED
Exhibit   A-1 APT proposed additional increases to stipends on Exhibit A-1: APT Counter Proposal Exhibit A-1: Stipends The District has not agreed to this APT language. NEGOTIATING

 

Update on APT Negotiations from August 21, 2023:

The District and APT met on August 21, 2023 for its first formal bargaining session. The District is pleased to report that the parties made progress towards settling the 2023-2024 bargaining cycle. Progress on the individual articles is summarized as follows:

Article 9: Class Size

The District and APT are in agreement to the reduction in class size for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) from an average of 30 to 24 students, an allocation of funding for no less than fifteen full-time equivalent district school psychologist positions, and the rostering of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in Special Day Class (SDC) programs in general education for elementary grades TK-5th. The District has proposed a phase-in model for the rostering plan.

APT has proposed, and the District agreed, to revisions to the release time provision for changes in teaching assignments during the academic calendar. These revisions would allow for release time to be requested at any time during the academic calendar, including within the first fifteen days and at the trimester or semester grading periods. The District further proposed language clarifying a “change in assignment” as a “classroom or site change” at the discretion of the supervisor. The District’s proposal would go into effect for the 2024-2025 school year.

Several items within this article are part of continued negotiations, including APT’s proposals to increase the per-student remuneration for exceeding the class size cap and the addition of new language regarding special education caseloads and assessments.


Article 10: Health and Welfare Benefits

Health and Welfare Benefits are an ongoing discussion between the district and APT. In response to the District’s proposal to increase medical benefit contributions from $5000 to $8078, beginning January 1, 2024, APT proposed full medical coverage, inclusive of premium increases, for the following plans: Employee Only, Employee Plus One, and Employee Plus Two or more, beginning January 1, 2023, and an increase to cash-in-lieu of medical benefits from $2000 to $2500, to be effective as of July 1, 2024. 


Article 11: Salaries

The District and APT are in agreement to incorporate language from a previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), dated May 15, 2023, that would allow continuing education units to be considered for advancement on the salary schedule.

APT proposed a 15.5% salary increase for the 2023-2024 school year and multiple stipends with some tied to increases on the salary schedule. The District made a counter proposal for a 6.0% salary increase and an increase to the Dual Language Immersion stipend from $500 to $5555. 

APT proposed language that would monetarily match and distribute any new hire signing bonuses to all current APT members and advance any existing bargaining unit member on the salary schedule to reflect previous out-of-district professional service credit experience, up to fifteen years of service. Additionally, APT proposed language that would change the number of semester hours of unit credit earned from Staff Development Reform (SDR) from a 45-hour career cap to 45 hours annually. The District did not agree to these changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


Article 20: Calendar

The District and APT have agreed to the 2024-2025 instructional calendar. The calendar includes an Alternate Work Day option that was developed by the Joint APT and District Calendar Committee and includes:

  • A staff development day shall not fall on the last day of the instructional calendar.

  • Three additional minimum days for grades TK-5 are to be scheduled around the first trimester reporting period for the purposes of assessment, grading, and report cards.

  • Certificated staff will no longer be required to make up time for missed mandatory staff development days and will be given the option of providing verification of a statutory leave or docked pay for an absence.

Upcoming Scheduled Negotiation Dates:
The District and APT are scheduled to meet on September 6, 2023, to continue formal
negotiations. The District has proposed additional subsequent meeting dates and is awaiting a response from APT.
 

May 22, 2023 Negotiations Session

  • APT indicated they needed more time to discuss the District's counter to Article 9, 10 and 11.

  • The District presented a counter to Article 20. APT indicated they needed more time to provide their counter.

  • Negotiation Dates Discussed:
    • The District Proposed Negotiation Dates:
      • June 12, 2023
      • June 21, 2023
      • Aug. 1, 2023
      • Aug. 2, 2023
    • APT Countered with Negotiation Dates:
      • Aug. 8, 2023 (This is a staff development day)
      • Aug. 21, 2023: Agreed to by District

April 25, 2023 Negotiations Session:

  • APT presented Article 20.

  • APT was not ready to discuss the District's counter to Article 9, 10 and 11.

  • The District Proposed Negotiation Dates:
    • Tuesday, May 9, 2023
    • Tuesday, May 16, 2023
    • Monday, May 22, 2023: Agreed to by APT
    • Wednesday, June 7, 2023

April 19, 2023 Negotiations Session:

  • The District presented in response to Article 9 - 22-23 Class Size Data Cost Analysis.

  • The District Countered Article 9 and Proposed Article 11 and 10
  • The District asked for additional Negotiation Dates and APT was firm on tentatively accepting the 25th at this time with no additional dates proposed.

March 6, 2023 Negotiations Session:

  • HR presented the Compensation Study Presentation for Comparable Districts.

  • Business Services presented a Second Interim Presentation.

  • School Services of California presented on a Fair Share Formula.
  • APT proposed Article 9 - Class Size.
  • Next Negotiation Dates: APT was only able to confirm April 19th and the 25th was 'tentative' per the CTA Rep.

Feb. 10, 2023 Negotiations Session:

  • We agreed to the Behavior Program Manager I Job Description

  • Business Services presented the Funding Presentation.

  • Next Negotiation Date is scheduled for March 6, 2023.

Feb. 1, 2023 Negotiations Session:

  • We set the norms for the meetings.

  • We agreed to contract language.

  • The Demand for Bargain to reopen 2022-23 was discussed and it was determined that the District had negotiated in good faith in the 2022-23 year and we would be moving on to the 2023-24.
  • Negotiation Dates: The District asked to add more dates, APT declined at the moment.

Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 155

May 10, 2023 Negotiations Session:

Our CSEA/District negotiation team met for a final time this year and reached a Tentative Agreement for the 2022-23 Fiscal Year and agreed to the following Articles:

  • Article 3  HOURS
  • Article 6  Evaluation Procedures
  • Exhibit F  Classified Employee Performance Report
  • Article 8  Wages
  • Article 18  Terms and Reopeners
  • Article 20  Layoff and Reemployment
  • Article 4  Leaves of Absence
  • Exhibit D  Classified Work year Range placement
  • Exhibit I  Diastat and Educational Stipend
  • Exhibit M  Classified Professional Growth Handbook
  • Exhibit N  MOU Regarding Classified School Employees Summer Assistance Program

April 28, 2023 Negotiations Session:
  • Agreement on the updated Professional Growth Handbook and contract language in 8.12 Professional Growth, 8.15 Staff Development and 8.18 Stipends (and Exhibit I for Educational Stipends for earned degrees).

  • Updated Exhibit D to reflect current Salary Ranges and contracted work years.

  • Agreement on Article 6 Evaluation Procedure language including Exhibit F revised performance evaluation report.

  • As a result of recent reclassification requests and committee approvals, Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to range and/or job description changes for 3 classifications.

April 12, 2023 Negotiations Session:
  • Agreement on a 1 year pilot fair share model for compensation with an ongoing 5.65% increase on the 2023-24 salary schedules.

  • Increase in benefits effective January 1, 2024, for those taking medical with the district.

  • Approval of 3 paid mandated professional days for all bargaining unit members.

  • Discussion of the Professional Growth Handbook, more in depth discussion to take place at the April 28, 2023, session

  • Reached an agreement on Article 20, Layoff.

  • Reached an agreement on a new job description for Paraprofessional Specialty Floater

March 20, 2023 Negotiations Session:

Presentation & discussion for Article 8 Wages, with regards to using a fair share compensation model based on a formula recommended by School Services of California.

Ahmad Sheikholeslami, spoke during the March 9, 2023, board meeting and shared the 2nd interim budget, he also introduced a concept of a fair share formula for compensation for the district and Board of Trustees. The district did mention that Napa Valley, & San Jose have used this model. Here is the report where he speaks to this model.

  • CSEA shared changes for Article 20 - Layoff, to update accordingly with new changes in the law under AB438.

  • Draft Paraprofessional Specialty - Floater, job description presented

March 06, 2023 Negotiations Session:
  • Completed and came to an understanding on our Hybrid Interest Based Bargaining (HIBB) model ground rules and norms.

  • Began discussion for Article 8, Wages

  • TA on Article 4-Leaves, improvement in Bereavement, allowance of designation of person, clarified language for Section 4.5-Attendance Incentive
  • Discussed a new Paraprofessional job description
Feb. 22, 2023 Session

Discussed what a Hybrid Interest Based bargaining team would look like. We met for 5 hours and established what the ground rules and norms would be for this team. We did utilize an IBB facilitator to ensure that Interest based concepts were kept in mind while we worked together. We accomplished this during the first half of our day. This gave us an opportunity to take an interest and begin a brainstorming session to address a common interest for Article 8-Wages. While we did not complete this process during this session we did start.

Our team did feel it was a productive day. I believe the district team members would say the same. While everyone is still finding their way through this process, the facilitator will be with us for the future negotiations dates and keep us on the path of interest based standards. Our team feels we will continue to move forward in a positive direction and achieve good faith bargaining with PUSD. Future negotiations dates have been set up through May. The mutual commitment to the HIBB process is to solidify our bargaining relationship, and build trust and mutual respect.

Labor Relations

Pleasanton... A Destination District!

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has an established history as a destination district for families and educators. Consistently ranked as a top school district in the State and the Bay Area, along with nationally ranked schools and programs, PUSD is also ranked #1 in Alameda County among the best places to teach (according to Niche.com)

PUSD is dedicated to developing adult leaders and learners. PUSD is home to the Pleasanton New Teacher Project (PNTP). Accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, PNTP provides new teachers a two-year comprehensive professional growth and development pathway leading to a clear teaching credential in general or special education. Thanks in large part to the PNTP, over 90% of teachers who begin teaching in Pleasanton, stay in Pleasanton. PUSD also provides professional academies to support the growth of our classified staff and administrators.

District Contribution Toward Benefits

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The Impact of Parcel Taxes

PUSD is a top-performing district in Alameda County, consistently ranking highly in terms of academic achievement and student outcomes. PUSD is the only district among Berkeley, Dublin, San Lorenzo, San Ramon, and Livermore that does not have a parcel tax to support its schools, and yet has managed to maintain its position as a high-performing district with dedicated and highly qualified educators, robust academic programs, and extracurricular activities that cater to diverse student interests. This is a testament to PUSD staff and community commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students and the ability to leverage district resources effectively to benefit students and staff.

Lifetime Earnings and Work Days

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Lifetime Earnings
Educators who work in PUSD have greater earning potential over the course of their career than in neighboring districts. This helps them to plan for their future and save more for retirement and achieve other long-term personal goals.
 
Work Days
PUSD staff work a school year that is shorter than most neighboring school districts. This has some benefits for educators, such as improving their work-life balance and allowing them to be more effective in the classroom.

Daily Work Hours and Specialist Prep Periods

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Hours in the work day
PUSD stands out among neighboring districts for offering a professional day policy, which allows teachers to accommodate both students’ and their own needs. With flexible hours, teachers are able to plan ahead and schedule their time as needed per their professional duties.
 
Specialist Prep Periods
The decision to offer a total of 4 preparation periods sets PUSD apart from neighboring districts. Having additional prep periods for Elementary Science, Music, and Physical Education, and Secondary Education Specialists allows educators more time to prepare and plan engaging and effective lessons for students.

HR Recruitment Brochure

Please see our Recruitment Brochure for more information about the opportunities, supports, and benefits available to PUSD students and staff. 

PUSD Brochure