9/11/2020 – Recap from compensation bargaining last night

Bargaining recap – September 10th

Last night the District bargaining team presented a new proposal for salary. It includes level movement that would be permanent, and a step move that would probably be for one year only. In addition, JCEA would agree to return to the bargaining table if the District received a mid-year change in revenue, up or down, by $10 million or more between October 31 and February 29, 2021.

This is a great step in the right direction that would result in step and level movement. However, the caveat is that the step would be temporary UNLESS the District received an INCREASE of $58 million for 21-22.

This year the District was able to balance the budget without going into reserves, because of $40 million in federal relief funds. This one time money was a lifesaver; without it we would have faced massive budget cuts and probably job losses.

However, the state INCREASED the negative factor by $601 million state wide. Next year may be worse with more increases to the negative factor. Without significant federal relief in the coming months, the budget cuts that could be necessary would make the recession cuts in 10-11 pale in comparison.

So we understand the Board’s hesitancy in committing dollars over the long term. HOWEVER we have said repeatedly that we will deal with next year’s reality when it comes. And if budget cuts are necessary as they very well may be, employee voices should be at the table when determining priorities. Rescinding a step would not be at the top of our list, so we do not want to agree to an automatic step decrease for 21-22.

We will continue to work over the weekend on a counter proposal for Monday’s bargaining session.

JCEA #InvestInJeffcoEducators Day

Monday September 14th – support your bargaining team!

The bargaining team is asking that members show up and show out on Monday as we head back to the table. As always action across our membership helps to move things at the bargaining table and sends a clear message that we are united and strong!

There are lots of ways to show your support!

– Wear Red on Monday, if you are at home or in person
– Coordinate a collective walk in or walk out of the building together
– Snap selfies and photos and share them to our JCEA #RedforEd group and on social media
– Join us for virtual bargaining Monday night at 5:00 pm

There are two easy ways to join us from anywhere for bargaining:

Via Facebook with live chat: https://bit.ly/JCEA_BOAT_Live

Via district live stream (without using Facebook): https://bit.ly/MGMT_live_stream


Remote learning & professional development JCEA Google Classroom

JCEA’s Professional Practices team is working hand in hand with JVA educators to support our members in the remote learning environment. Elizabeth Morgan has launched a google classroom! Classroom code is: sdpdh2r

JCEA Remote learning/virtual learning PD sign up – http://bit.ly/JCEA_Remote_PD


Collaboration is KEY.

Thursday September 17th at 4:30 pm all members are welcome to join us for a special session on collaboration. There is exceptional power in collaboration and the collaborative decision making process – we hope you will join us.

Union School session 2 – The book of collaboration: taking a deep dive into Article 10
RSVP here: http://bit.ly/JCEA_Collaboration_101


Election 2020

In the midst of everything else we are juggling, the 2020 elections are quickly approaching. As we move towards November 3rd please remember one critical rule – NO use of school resources for election work. No school emails, flyers in mailboxes or singing your favorite candidate’s praises over the PA.

We know you have heard this year after year, but the stakes this year are high. Elections impact your classrooms in many different ways and if we all do a little (even one shift phone banking or one pack of postcards – we can make a big impact).

Next week we will send out to all JCEA members a political report and list of endorsed candidates, ballot initiatives and ways to get involved. Political season looks a little different this year in the face of COVID-19, but it also means that some volunteering efforts have become much more accessible as you can do them from the comfort of your home!

CEA webinar on health and safety

On Wednesday, September 16 at 4:30 PM, join CEA members from across the State  for a webinar with health care experts on best practices for wearing PPE, staying safe while teaching, and protecting vulnerable family members.

Register for this webinar at: http://coloea.org/webinar-0916

As the school year begins, educators, students, and parents are facing many questions and challenges about how our students can continue to learn safely in the midst of an ongoing pandemic as well as ensuring the safety of educators.

CEA is working with a coalition of Colorado’s healthcare organizations to bring you weekly webinars to share advice and insight.

Important quick links:

JCEA Whistleblower form – https://bit.ly/JCEA_Health_Concerns

Beyond Restart Group – http://bit.ly/JCEA_beyond_Restart

JCEA Remote learning/virtual learning PD sign up – http://bit.ly/JCEA_Remote_PD

Quick Link to join JCEA – https://bit.ly/Join_JCEA

Save the date!

JCEA All member meeting – Tuesday September 22nd