Negotiations update October 4, 2016


On Monday, October 3, 2016, teams from the MEA and the School Board reached tentative agreement on contract re-openers for teachers and paraprofessionals.

Highlights of the agreement include:

For Teachers on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule

  • Eligible teachers on the grandfathered schedule, other than those teachers rated unsatisfactory, shall receive 3 level movement

For Teachers on the Performance Pay Schedule

  • Modifications to the performance pay salary schedule are consistent with the requirements of Florida Statutes. 
  • Eligible teachers rated highly effective will receive 3-level advancement.  Those rated effective will receive 2-level advancement.  Those rated less than effective are not eligible for advancement in accordance with Florida Statutes.


  • In recognition of their long standing commitment to students, teachers with 16 and 25 years of continuous service in Manatee County receive longevity recognition in the form of additional supplements


  • Returning paras receive one salary step
  • Paras at the top receive a 2% increase


  • The agreement is retroactive to 7/1/16

Health Insurance

  • No changes to health insurance plan benefits
  • Health insurance premium structure changes from 3 tiers to 4 tiers.  Changes and premiums take effect December 1, 2016 for the January 1, 2017 plan year.  Details to follow soon.


The teams worked together to reach tentative agreement.

After meeting on August 24, 2016 the challenges in this year's bargaining include:

  • recommended health insurance increases for those covering a spouse while others maintain their current premium
  • limited availability of salary dollars due to lack of increased funding provided by the state.  This year's state funding increased by 1%.


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Stay tuned for further updates. 

MEA Has Members Covered

When it comes to coverage MEA along with its affiliates, FEA, AFT and NEA, has members covered in all areas of job related issues including legal, and it’s all included in the price of your dues.

Coverage includes but is not limited to:

  • Allegations of child abuse resulting in criminal charges
  • Ethics charges referred to the Department of Education
  • Questions of competency reflecting on job performance
  • Representation in disputes with school level administration
  • High dollar liability coverage

In addition, members have the benefit of:

  • An outstanding legal team with over 75 years of aggregate experience and a staff of full time attorneys who deal exclusively with members’ legal issues.
  • A network of labor lawyers throughout the state
  • MEA officers and staff to guide members through the process
  • No limitations on fees, hours or nature of the case


Don’t be fooled by imitators who offer liability coverage only. Last year alone 15 members faced false allegations of child abuse requiring legal representation for criminal investigations (CPS), for defense of certificate (DOE) as well as for district investigations (OPS).  In the last decade, there have been 0 members requiring liability coverage. 


2015-2016 Memoranda of Understanding

August 21, 2015 - The MEA and the School District of Manatee County have signed a Perfect Attendance Incentive Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the use of Sick/Personal Leave days for the 2015-2016 school year only.  The effective date of this MOU is Monday, August 24, 2015In addition, the MOU for the Modified Instructional Week has been extended.  Please read the MOUs carefully.


Negotiations for 2015-2016 which include salary and benefits will begin soon. 

MEA Secures 'Hold Harmless' Agreement with Manatee County School District

On January 30, 2015, MEA and the District signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) related to the student growth portion of the Manatee County Teacher Evaluation System (MCTES).  Unless there are Legislative changes that mandate otherwise, the impact will be that for the next three years teachers will receive no less than 'effective' on the student growth portion of their evaluations.  To read the MOU in its entirety, click here