8/11/2020 – Breaking through the Jeffco glass ceiling on salary? Bargaining at 2pm today

Got remote?

If you have a medical condition that puts you at higher risk for COVID-19 and were not assigned 100% remote learning, you may want to consider submitting an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) request. There are two documents you must submit, one that you fill out, and one that your physician fills out. ADA requests can only be made for you as an individual requesting accommodations, not on behalf of a family or household member.

You can find the documents to file an official ADA request here: https://teamjeffco.jeffcopublicschools.org/staff_resources/legal_services_and_employee_relations/accommodation_request

If you do not qualify for an ADA request we encourage you to direct your concerns, questions and need for remote placement to Jeffco HR, Interim Superintendent Kristopher Schuh and the members of the Jeffco board of education.

Please only disclose information you are comfortable providing, we understand that there are concerns about protecting personal health information. We encourage you to be honest and thoughtful in what you are prepared to share.

Survey on Safer Return to Work MOU

Our most recent survey was provided to both JCEA members and non-members.
4,015 Jeffco educators responded to this survey.

4,015 Jeffco educators told us:

  • Only 24% of teachers feel safe returning to school
  • 81% of respondents indicated that teachers should ONLY have to report to a school building when their duties must be done in person
  • Only 22% of educators want to be 100% in person after September 8
  • All seven of the safety provisions we have surveyed members about are supported by a majority of educators, most by two thirds or more
  • 60% want procedures to better contain student cohorts in secondary
  • Consistent enforcement of safety rules is necessary

We have been working all summer in conversations with District central administrators to create an agreement for safer teaching and learning conditions this school year.

MOU bargaining has been confirmed for tomorrow, Wednesday August 12 at 5:00 pm. Please also save the date for a potential second session Thursday August 13 at 5:30 pm.

There are two ways to join virtual bargaining:

  1. Through the JCEA BOAT Facebook page here: https://bit.ly/JCEA_Live
  2. Directly through the District’s live stream here: https://bit.ly/MGMT_live_stream

Thank you for your continued responses to our surveys and to the many members who have been working diligently on the JCEA Safer Restart committee.

Bargaining Salary Today August 11, 2020

85% of JCEA members responded to our salary survey saying they would vote NO on the District’s current compensation proposal

This afternoon at 2:00 pm we are back at the bargaining table with the District to hopefully finish our bargaining for this year. Your JCEA team will present the District with a counter offer to their last proposal.

The district’s last formal proposal was: level movement, step freeze, a 1% one-time lump sum payment, and a non-contact day that would be cancelled and be converted to a paid vacation day.

We believe the District can afford more. They are currently not spending anything out of reserves. And while next year may be worse, it may also be better, depending on the political landscape and the willingness of the federal government to backfill gutted state and local school district budgets.

Watch bargaining today to see what the JCEA counter offer will be. (Links included above)

We have heard from our members that an overwhelming majority want to continue to push for steps, levels and a one-time lump sum payment this year – the reality is your team cannot win this alone. It is critically important that our JCEA member engagement continues to grow. Showing up for virtual bargaining is an immediate way to send a message to Jeffco management that our educators are committed to the outcome and demanding that the district value its employees and invest in the Jeffco front line – NOW.

Ever wonder what the big picture is in Jeffco in regards to salary?

We have information for you.

Under Colorado law all public school districts are subject to the CORA (Colorado open records act) process. As public employees salary information is openly available to any member of the public who completes a formal CORA request.

If you have questions about the CORA process and what employee information is available on the public record please follow this link for additional information: https://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/cms/one.aspx?pageId=927399

Several JCEA members have expressed interested in how Jeffco is allocating funds and spending in the classroom vs. central admin.

JCEA members have taken a dive into the Jeffco salary information for the years since Dr. Glass joined our District.  In addition, we have analyzed recent spending priorities through a CORA request.

Some choices that caught our member’s attention:

To access additional data from the CORA please follow this link: https://bit.ly/Jeffco_CORA_