School’s out for summer!

Posted on: May 28, 2024
Posted By: Christine Wiggins
Posted in: Insight
Members and bargaining team at the final negotiations session.

Ratification results are in!

JCEA ratification closed on Friday and the results are in – the overwhelming majority of membership voted to approve the tentative agreement! The package will now go to the school board for ratification at their next regular meeting on June 13.

The wins in this tentative agreement were achieved only due to the members who showed up, drafted contract language, spoke at the table, and wrote members of the School Board and Jeffco management. While we did make big gains, we certainly did not win everything we came to the table to improve. If you want to continue to organize around the issues that will make our district a better place for employees and students, email

Sick Leave Bank Update

There have been a lot of questions about the sick leave bank and if you will need to donate 8 hours during open enrollment if they were already members. The district has said:

  • JCEA and JCAA employees who were enrolled in the sick leave bank program for the 2023-24 school year can elect to continue to participate in the benefit for the 2024-25 school year and do not need to contribute 8 hours of sick leave as part of their enrollment. You must re-enroll annually during open enrollment to participate.
  • If an employee clicks on the “donate 8 hours” option who is already in the sick bank because of their contribution last year, those will all be reviewed and the 8 hours will not be deducted.

If you are not a member now you will need to donate 8 hours only once to opt in, unless the bank total drops below 12,000 hours. Currently the bank is at 37,000 hours. We encourage everyone to be a part of the sick leave bank.

Your Union Checkout!

As the school year winds down, we need you to mark something off your end of the year checkout for your union – sign up to volunteer for New Educator Induction August 5th and 6th! Be a part of the JCEA welcome crew and help us recruit new members. We are looking for volunteers for as little as 3 hours and every member volunteer counts. The more people we have the greater chance that we can talk to every new educator about joining JCEA. Help make your union stronger and use this form to sign up and volunteer.

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NEA GOTV Postcard Contest

Calling all educator artists! Do you have a passion for art and design? NEA is looking for designs for this year’s get-out-the-vote postcard. There will be three winners and the top prize is $2,500 – plus you’ll be inspiring people to get out to the polls.

Do you want to submit something?  Follow the link for more information

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Submissions are due by June 14.

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