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2020-2021 Negotiations

September 21, 2020 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met for an initial bargaining session on Friday, September 18, 2020 to exchange initial proposals.  Management focused on meeting the parameters of HB 641 and making sure that those funds are spent. Their intent is to make a report to the school board in order to meet the state requirement pertaining to HB 641 to report by October 1st.  MEA provided compensation proposals on behalf of teachers and paraprofessionals. This information will be discussed further at Rep Council on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The following are the bargaining team members:

For MEA - Bruce Proud, Pat Barber, Dawn Walker, Cory Bernaert (Freedom), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River HS), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), Rena Morano (Palmetto HS), Marlyce Stringer (Tillman) and Jon Syre (King). 

For Management – Tim Bargeron, Bill Vogel, Doug Wagner and Genelle Zoratti-Yost.


 

2020-2021 Teacher and Para Millage Supplement

August 27, 2020 - The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education Association have reached agreement on the millage supplements for the 2020-2021 school year. The millage supplements are based upon employee allocations for the new school year and current millage revenue estimates. 

2020-2021 Pay Options

June 3, 2020 – The School District of Manatee County and the Manatee Education have signed  Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) that will adjust how employees are paid beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.  Every employee will have to select how they will be paid by filling out the Pay Option Form below and returning it to HR no later than Thursday, June 25, 2020

Currently, employees are paid semi-monthly (on the 10th and 25th of the month) and earn 24 pay checks in a school year. 

Beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, employees will be paid bi-weekly (every other week).  Your annual salary remains the same in each option.  The options are as follows:

  • 22 pay checks over the work year (August – June),
  • 26 pay checks with pay over the summer
  • 26 pay checks with 5 checks paid in a lump sum on the last pay check of the work year

Deductions for health insurance, life insurance, flexible benefits will be deducted equally among all checks depending on the option chosen, and MEA dues deductions will be deducted over 22 pay checks. 

The MOUs, pay options form and some examples of what these changes could look like for teacher and para pay checks are below.

Please make your selection using the pay option form and return to HR no later than June 25, 2020. If it is not returned, you will default into the 26 pay option.

Pay Options Form:  PDF icon pay_option_form_2020_fillable.pdf

MOU Teacher Pay Options: PDF icon signedmouteacherpayoptions.pdf

MOU Paraprofessional Pay Options:  PDF icon signedmouparapayoptions.pdf

Examples of Teacher Pay Options:  PDF icon pay_options_teachers.pdf

Examples of Para Pay Options:  PDF icon pay_options_paras.pdf

2019-2020 Negotiations

Please be advised that the outcome of the ratification votes on the tentative agreements by the bargaining units is as follows:
 

     Paraprofessional Bargaining Unit:      Yes
 

 

     Teacher Bargaining Unit:                      Yes 


Notice

of

Teacher and Paraprofessional Ratification Voting

on

Tentative Agreements 2019-2020

 

Voting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019

and will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019.

 

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The ratification votes will take place by electronic ballot.

 

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Voting instructions will be sent by email to each member of the teacher and paraprofessional bargaining units.  The tentative agreements will be posted at your school and on the MEA website, www.manateeea.org.

 

In addition, teachers and paraprofessionals were sent all of the tentative agreements on the respective contracts electronically. They are also posted below.
 

If you have any questions, please contact MEA at 747-5091 or via email at association@manateeschools.net.

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November 5, 2019 - On Monday, November 4th the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County reached a tentative agreement on the terms for the 2019-2020 contract for teachers and paraprofessionals. The tentative agreements will be presented to teachers and paraprofessionals as well as the School Board for ratification before going into effect.

Highlights of the teachers’ tentative agreement include for the Performance schedule for all eligible teachers a 4 level advancement on the salary schedule for those who received a rating of Highly Effective. A 3 level advancement for those on the Performance schedule who received an Effective rating. Teachers on the Grandfathered schedule will also advance 4 levels on the schedule. There will also be a Cost Of Living Adjustment of $100 added to each level of the salary schedules for all teachers. Teachers who have completed 16 or 25 years with the district will receive a longevity supplement.

The highlights for the paraprofessional agreement include a movement of 2 steps on the salary schedule for all eligible paraprofessionals. Those paras who have reached the top of the salary schedule will receive a percent equal to 2 steps.

Both agreements include no increase in cost of the health insurance premium or changes to the benefits.

MEA President Pat Barber said “Reaching this agreement was made more difficult due to the challenges presented by the decades of poor funding provided by the FL Legislature and the manner in which the funding has been allocated. The theme has been doing more with less for a very long time and this agreement reflects that. We came to an agreement that maximized the dollars available.”

The teams worked to come to agreement exchanging proposals during three extended bargaining sessions.

 “The tentative agreement reached Monday represents another significant step forward for our teachers and paraprofessionals in terms of having highly competitive compensation compared to their peers around the state,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “I want to thank the bargaining teams that made this tentative agreement possible, and I am extremely proud of the hard work being done by our teachers and paraprofessionals in our classrooms each and every school day.”

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October 24, 2019 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met on a second session on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

Management countered MEA’s proposal by offering teachers 3 level movements for teachers rated highly effective and 2 levels for effective as well as a $300 COLA.  Their proposal for paras was 2 steps. 

MEA provided a proposal after considering management’s counter proposal which included 4 levels for teachers rated highly effective and 3 levels for teachers rated effective plus a $400 COLA.  MEA’s proposal for paras was 2 steps and a $0.15 per hour increase on the salary schedule. 

MEA and management are working toward scheduling a future bargaining date. 

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October 3, 2019 - The MEA and management bargaining teams met for an initial bargaining session on Thursday, October 3, 2019. 

After management presented information related to the district’s budget MEA spokesperson Bruce Proud asked questions related to the money received from the Legislature for this year’s budget including separating what money is available in the general fund versus what funding is categorical and mandated by law for specific purposes.

Management proposed a salary increase for teachers of three (3) levels for those who received a highly effective rating, two (2) levels for those who received an effective rating on the performance schedule and three (3) levels for teachers on the grandfathered schedule. Management proposed one (1) step increase for paraprofessionals. 

MEA proposed a salary increase for all eligible teachers of six (6) levels for those who received a highly effective rating, four (4) levels for those who received an effective rating on the performance schedule, six (6) levels for teachers on the grandfathered schedule and a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of $500 for all instructional bargaining unit employees. MEA proposed a three (3) step increase for all eligible paraprofessionals and a COLA of $250 for all paraprofessional bargaining unit employees.

The following are the bargaining team members:

For MEA - Bruce Proud, Pat Barber, Dawn Walker, Cory Bernaert (Freedom), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River HS), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), and Rena Morano (Palmetto HS). 

For Management – Bill Vogel, Kate Barlaug (Haile), Willie Clark (SSC), Jacob Davis (SSC), James Horner (Abel), Heather Jenkins (SSC), John Reichert (SSC), Lesli Strickland (SSC), Tammy Taylor (SSC), David Underhill (Manatee HS), Doug Wagner (SSC) and Genelle Zoratti-Yost (SSC).

Bargaining is tentatively scheduled to resume on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

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Amended Memorandum of Understanding - Millage Referendum for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The amended referendum clarifies how much of teachers' outside the student day planning time management may use for meetings.

PDF icon mougrievanceresolutionref.pdf

Memorandum of Understanding - Work Year

This MOU is related to the first week of work for teachers.

PDF icon mouworkyear.pdf

Memorandum of Understanding - Payment for No Sub

This MOU is a change in how payment is made if there is no substitute available.

PDF icon moupaymentfornosub.pdf

Memorandum of Understanding - Professional Learning Wednesdays '19-'20

This MOU explains the working conditions for teachers and paraprofessionals in relation to the district's Professional Learning Wednesdays for the '19-'20 school year.  

PDF icon mouplw1920.pdf

2018-2019 Negotiations

Results of Voting on Tentative Agreements

February 8, 2019 - Please be advised the outcome of the ratification votes on the tentative agreements by the bargaining units is as follows:

     Paraprofessional Bargaining Unit:      Yes

     Teacher Bargaining Unit:                      Yes 

Kara Carney, Chair


Notice of

Teacher and Paraprofessional Ratification Voting

on Tentative Agreements 2018-2019

Voting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019

and will end at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019.

*****

The ratification votes will take place by electronic ballot.

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Voting instructions will be sent by email to each member of the teacher and paraprofessional bargaining units.  The tentative agreements will be posted at your school and here on the MEA website.  Click on the following links to read the tentative agreements on the teachers' and paraprofessionals' contracts.

If you have any questions, please contact MEA at 747-5091 or via email at association@manateeschools.net.


January 16, 2019

Tentative agreements on the economic reopeners for the 2018-2019 teacher and paraprofessional contracts have been reached between the Manatee County School District and the Manatee Education Association. All other provisions of the 2017-2020 Collective Bargaining Agreements remain unchanged.

The tentative agreements include the following:

Teachers’ Salary Schedules*

  • 3 level movements for teachers on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule
  • 3 level movements for teachers rated Highly Effective on the Performance Salary Schedule
  • 2 level movements for teachers rated Effective on the Performance Salary Schedule

Article XII, Section 12, Longevity

  • All teachers who have completed 16/25 years of experience in Manatee County Schools as of June 30, 2018 will receive longevity payments of $2,100 for those who have completed 16 years and $3,600 for those who have completed 25 years.

*applies to teachers who have worked 99 days or more in the previous work year

Paraprofessionals’ Salary Schedules* (teacher aides, teacher assistants, lab managers, behavior techs, etc.)

  • 2 steps on the salary schedule for all eligible paraprofessionals
  • Paraprofessionals at the top of the salary schedule will receive the equivalent of a 2 step increase

*applies to paras who have worked 99 days or more in the previous work year

All salary schedule adjustments are retro-active to July 1, 2018.

Health Insurance for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • No change to premiums or benefits

These tentative agreements will be sent out by the Manatee Education Association to all teachers and paraprofessionals for a ratification vote. Details for ratification will be discussed with Building Reps at the January 28th Rep Council Meeting.

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January 7, 2019

Although MEA's bargaining team was prepared to negotiate, today's bargaining session was postponed by the district's bargaining representatives.  Citing a delay in receiving the third calculation from the Florida Department of Education (DOE) as the primary reason for not meeting to bargain, management said they were unable to offer a counter proposal until they had that information. 

MEA is ready to return to negotiations as soon as a new date is agreed upon.

Minutes from previous sessions can be found below.  Further information will be provided as it becomes available.


December 11, 2018

The MEA and management bargaining teams will be returning to the bargaining table on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the SSC. 

Unfortunately, the district has been reluctant to respond to MEA's last proposal until they are able to balance the ledger and have received the 3rd FEFP calculation from DOE. They believe having both pieces of information will allow them to provide a counter proposal to our last proposal on January 7th. 

Minutes from previous bargaining sessions are posted below. 


November 4, 2018

The last scheduled bargaining session was postponed at the request of management's bargaining team. The reasons given for this request were a need for further review of MEA's proposals as well as time to gather financial data.

A new date has yet to be scheduled.

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October 1, 2018

Management and MEA’s bargaining teams met for the third bargaining session and put opening salary proposals on the table.  

For paraprofessionals, management proposed a total 1% increase to the paraprofessional bargaining unit.  For teachers, management proposed one level movement for effective and two level movement for highly effective for those on the performance pay schedule as well as two level movement for those on the grandfathered schedule. 

One of MEA’s long term goals has been to get paraprofessionals caught up on their steps.  To that end, MEA proposed moving paraprofessionals three steps on the salary schedule.  The MEA teacher proposal was to move teachers on the performance pay schedule rated highly effective four levels, those rated effective three levels and to move those on the grandfathered schedule four levels. 

Teachers rated less than effective are ineligible for level movement according to Florida law. 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


September 19, 2018

MEA continued questioning the district’s budget priorities.  There was a productive exchange of questions and answers by the chief financial officer Heather Jenkins.  MEA chief negotiator Bruce Proud reviewed the complications created by the past negotiations, the law related to performance pay and the impact on negotiations.  Also discussed were parts of the teachers and paraprofessionals salary schedules.  MEA laid out priorities for salaries for teachers and paraprofessionals.  The details will be provided in the bargaining notes.  The next bargaining session is scheduled for Monday, October 1, 2018.

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September 18, 2018 - The MEA and District management bargaining teams met on the evening of Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 

Management gave a budget presentation explaining their allocations from the legislature and responded to MEA’s questions for clarification.  No proposals were exchanged.  Budget review and questioning will resume again on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. 

The following are the bargaining team members:

For MEA - Bruce Proud, Pat Barber, Dawn Walker, Cory Bernaert (Freedom), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Melissa Cohen (King), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River HS), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), and Marlyce Stringer (Tillman). 

For Management – Bill Vogel, Scott Boice (Nolan), Sarah Brown (SSC), Willie Clark (SSC), Annette Codelia (SSC), Jacob Davis (SSC), Sharon Scarbrough (BRHS), Lesli Strickland (SSC), Heather Jenkins (SSC), Tammy Taylor (SSC), and Doug Wagner (SSC).

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