UTSWC Negotiations

South Washington County Schools is committed to providing regular updates for the collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the United Teachers of South Washington County (UTSWC). The District and UTSWC share a common interest, the success of all students and we are committed to working together to reach an agreement that will benefit our students and those who contribute to their success.

Upcoming negotiation dates:                                                   Resources:
May 28, 2019  2018-19 Teacher Salary Schedule
June 5, 2019  2018-19 Average Teacher Benefits
  2018-19 Teacher Salary Comparisons 

 


Updated June 6, 2019 

Negotiation committee members from District 833 and UTSWC met for the sixth time on May 28, and again on June 5. During those meetings, two more Tentative Agreements (TAs) were achieved regarding administrative items and renewals of Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) pertaining to homeroom/advisory for middle and high school.

The district also responded to UTSWC’s proposals regarding student discipline, class size/caseload and teacher workload. Additionally, initial dialogue around financial frameworks were discussed. Both parties continue to discuss proposed language regarding emergency/snow day closing and flexible learning days.

Four more negotiating dates were set for June 13, July 15, August 14 and August 21. The District will continue to give regular updates on the negotiations process at School Board Meetings and on this webpage.


Updated May 23, 2019 

Negotiation committee members from District 833 and UTSWC met for the fifth time on May 13. Negotiations between both committees are progressing positively with open dialogue and collaboration.

District 833 and UTSWC currently have 27 tentative agreements between the two parties. Most of the tentative agreements center on updated dates, language or changes in statute or law. There were also several Memorandums of Agreement that were renewed, as well as a few that were deleted due to completion of the subject involved.

Several items will continue to be negotiated at future meetings. Some of them include:

  • Emergency closings - Working toward an agreement around language on emergency closing options, as well as adding an e-learning option.
  • Time and Teacher workload - Addressing a proposal as it relates to the number of meetings that teachers are required to attend each month.
  • Unrequested Leave of Absence (ULA) - Working toward a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) around ULA, which may happen because of a discontinuance of a position at the end of the school year.
  • Transfer Language - Working toward an agreement around existing language regarding “Educational Needs Transfer” and “realignment.”
  • Salary Schedule - Working toward an agreement regarding changes to the salary schedules in order to encourage teachers to pursue further education and increase their compensation.

It was agreed upon by USTWC and the district that negotiations would initially focus on language changes, followed by budget discussions once the state has approved funding levels.

The next time members from both committees will meet is on May 28. An update on that meeting will be reported at the June 6 School Board Meeting and shared on this webpage.


Updated April 25, 2019 

Negotiation committee members from District 833 and UTSWC met for the fourth time on April 24. At the meeting, members of UTSWC responded to contract proposals from the district. Through a positive and collaborative discussion, UTSWC tentatively agreed to numerous items regarding contract language.
 
The next time members from both committees will meet is on May 13. An update on that meeting will be reported at the May 23 School Board Meeting.


Updated April 18, 2019 

Negotiation committee members from District 833 and UTSWC met for the third time on April 4. At the meeting, the district presented a contract proposal to the members of the UTSWC negotiations committee for consideration. The district also responded to initial proposals from UTSWC.

The next time members from both committees will meet is on April 24. An update on that meeting will be reported at the April 25 School Board Meeting. 


Updated March 20, 2019 


South Washington County Schools is pleased to report that negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement between South Washington County Schools and the United Teachers of South Washington County (UTSWC) began on February 27.  Negotiations began sooner than the previous contract negotiations due to removing language from the previous contract which stated, “the parties shall not commence negotiations more than 60 calendar days prior to the expiration of this agreement.”
 
Discussion in the first meeting centered on introductions, ground rules, parameters, and setting future meeting dates. Six more negotiating dates were set for March 19, April 4, April 24, May 13, May 28 and June 5.
 
The negotiations committee met again on March 19.  In this meeting, the UTSWC presented their contract proposals to members of the district negotiations committee for consideration. Discussions around the proposals will continue at future meetings. 
 
The District’s Negotiation Committee consists of Kevin Witherspoon, Director of Human Resources; Dan Pyan, Director of Finance and Operations; Kristine Schaefer, Assistant Superintendent; and School Board members Heather Hirsch; Katie Schwartz; and Sharon VanLeer. Kevin Rupp, the District’s Attorney, will also be on the committee as the facilitator. UTSWC is represented by six teachers and an Education Minnesota representative.
 
Over the last year, the School Board has been conducting meetings with teachers across our district to better educate themselves about their priorities and concerns prior to this year’s negotiations. As a result of these meetings, the district has asked UTSWC to create a collaborative labor-management working group. This group would convene as part of the negotiations process and would bring more voices to the table as the negotiations committee works to develop creative solutions to any challenging issues that may arise. 
 
The District will continue to provide regular updates as the negotiation discussions proceed on this page.