Member Update 5-5-22
Thank you for your patience and for your support and advocacy. Our negotiations team met with BUSD over 9 sessions and over 90 hours and as a result, we have a 5% raise and a 1% added to our Health and Welfare Benefits Cap. We were able to get some clarifying language in Art. 9, and some new language in Art. 11. Furthermore, we were able to get the first SPED article in the history of BTA and BUSD. I know it is frustrating that we do not always get what is needed or deserved. Every member has reason, at times, to feel like we should be getting more; however, this is where many do not understand that the role of a public school educator is one that entails a continuous fight especially now while public education is under viscous attack from those who have found ways to insidiously bring division, so they can find the ways to privatize it.
There is power in our numbers and in our unity. When we attend public BOE meetings even after a long day, our voices matter because the BOE and Supt. must be held accountable for the roles they play. In closing, I want to thank our negotiations team who deserves more than this recognition. I welcome you to bring your concerns and ideas to the next Rep. Council in August. We need your involvement and ideas in helping our Organizing Committee plan the activities needed as the entire contract is open.
Ratification of our agreement will be voted online on May 11 to May 13. Please check your personal emails. I am including Articles 7,8,9,11, and 31 and the summaries that explain the language. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.