Bargaining

Educators on the JCEA bargaining team negotiate to strengthen the collectively bargained contract in order to win the safe, supported, and equitable schools our students deserve.

Bargaining

Educators on the JCEA bargaining team negotiate to strengthen the collectively bargained contract in order to win the safe, supported, and equitable schools our students deserve.

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Bargaining Tracker

Wondering what where we are at in negations? What Articles of your contract are open and where has your bargaining team reached a tentative agreement? Use the tracker below to see the latest status for each Article of your contract. Note: if an article is not listed then it was not opened this year. 

Article 3: Association Relationship

The District presented a counter-proposal on April 13, 2024. 

Article 4: Negotiation Procedures

The District presented a counter proposal on February 8, 2024 and is awaiting JCEA’s return.

Article 5: Time Management

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 11, 2024.

Article 6: Professional Learning

Article 8: Licensed Educators, Resources and Class Size/ Case Loads

The District presented a counter-proposal on April 11, 2024. 

Article 9: Student Discipline and Educator Assistance

Article 12: Hiring, Staffing, and Displacement

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 18, 2024.

Article 13: Leaves

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 13, 2024.

Article 15: Temporary Contracts

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 18, 2024.

Article 16: Site-Based Variances

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 18, 2024.

Article 17: Compensation

Appendix A: Salary Schedule

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 18, 2024.

Article 18: Position Hold

The District presented a counter-proposal on February 28, 2024 and moved this laguage to Article 13.

Article 20: Professional Behavior and Educator Discipline

Article 22: Equity in the School District

Article 23: Remote/ Virtual instruction

JCEA presented a counter-propal on April 13, 2024.

Article 22: Equity in the School District

JCEA presented a counter-proposal on April 11, 2024.

Article 24: Elementary Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education

The District presented a counter-proposal on April 13, 2024.

Article 25: School Nurses

The District presented a counter-proposal on April 18, 2024. 

Article 26: Special Education Services

JCEA presented our initial proposal on March 14, 2024 and is awaiting the District counter-proposal.

APPENDIX B: Coach and Sponsor Addittional Pay

The District brought a new stipend structure for coaches and activities sponsors on April 13, 2024. 

APPENDIX C: Benefit Programs

The District presented a counter-proposal on April 4, 2024.

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Bargaining Priorities & The State of Jeffco

Jeffco educators are essential to our school district. Educators are more than our classroom teachers; they are librarians, special service providers, special education teachers, instructional coaches, counselors, nurses, and more. It is together that we work to support each student who enters our school buildings.

While our educators are a vital part of our school district, the challenges they have faced over the last several years have increased exponentially. The global pandemic and its effects on children and families, the increased challenges of meeting the needs of every student, and the ever changing demands on their profession have all taken a toll on educators. Jeffco educators continue to show up for their students, but many need more support to feel valued, including earning a living wage so they can stay in our district and in the profession.

Educators believe that all students, regardless of color, background, or zip code deserve safe and equitable schools. That’s why we are united in calling on Jeffco Public Schools to empower educators as the experts in the field in order to retain and respect our employees.


Safety

  • Our schools should be safe and equitable places, where everyone feels welcome.
  • Students and staff should not be afraid at school.
  • Students should have clear and consistent expectations of them in every classroom and throughout their schools.
  • Positive student behavior and expectations need to be taught, just as our core curriculum needs to be. Students cannot access curriculum if they don’t have safe learning environments.
  • Our students need access to more mental health support.
Graph showing how often disruptive student behavior impacts educators and students.

When asked how often disruptive student behavior impacts their ability to teach, nearly 40% or educators responded daily.


Retain

  • A living wage is vital for teacher retention.
  • When our educators feel overwhelmed, overworked, and burned out, they leave the profession. We must ensure our educators have a sustainable workload.
  • Educators deserve to be able to take leave and still pay their bills. Educators are parents and expecting parents. Educators are sons and daughters. Educators have siblings. Educators have spouses. Educators deserve to be able to take leave to take care of themselves or those they love and still have peace of mind concerning job security and financial stability.
  • Educator turnover in Jeffco is 16%, higher than the national average of 10%.
Chart of how often special education teacher have manageable caseloads

Only 24% of Special Education teachers feel like they have a caseload that is manageable and would allow them to be effective for students.


Respect

  • Our educators have valuable experience with our students and deserve the freedom to teach to meet the needs of every student in their classroom.
  • Every decision that affects classrooms, from the school to the central office, requires educators at the table.
  • Relying on educators for program implementation without valuing their experience to plan such programs, robs students of the most valuable resource Jeffco has to offer.
  • No decisions about us without us.

Above all, in order for our students to reach their full potential, we need schools that are welcoming and safe, in a district that retains and respects educators.

“It costs $1200 for health insurance coverage for my family. That amount, plus housing, and daycare is my whole salary. In sharing this with my colleagues so many of them say they want to have kids but they just can’t afford it.”

Kari Gray

Social Emotional Learning Specialist, Manning MS

“It feels like the current district leadership sees teachers as problems to be handled, rather than the earnest and insightful collaborators we can be.”

Denise Alleman

Alternative Education Electives, McLain HS

Latest Updates

Saturday Session update!

Your JCEA bargaining team spent their Saturday at the table to negotiate your full contract. We had a very busy day and reached a couple of tentative agreements.  We have a tentative agreement on Article 22: Equity in the School District. This article includes big...

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Ready for your workload to go up?

Bargaining Update! 💵 Last night your JCEA bargaining team went to the table for a tough negotiations session. After over a month since receiving our proposal, the District returned Article 8:  Licensed Educators, Resources, & Class Size/ Class Loads, and to be...

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Members of the JCEA Bargaining Team

Michelle Moehlis

Michelle Moehlis

Spanish Teacher - Negotiations Chair

Green Mountain High School

Stefanie Jones

Behavior Specialist

Ed Center

Dale Munholland

Social Studies Teacher

Pomona High School

Michelle Moehlis

Michelle Moehlis

JCEA President and Art Educator

Rob Cassidy

Science Teacher

Standley Lake High School

Richard Sanchez

Social Studies Teacher

North Arvada Middle School

Lisa Elliott

Lisa Elliott

JCEA Uniserv Director

Kendra Geise

Elementary Educator

Swanson Elementary

Anthea Justice

Learning Specialist

Ryan Elementary