*The total compensation chart includes extra days, staff development, and the tech stipend.
Hello OEA members,
As many of you will recall, our two-year contract allowed for compensation negotiations to open during the second year of our contract should additional revenue be allocated by the state during the 2019 legislative session. Because the district received substantial additional revenue during the last session (including an increase in the amount of levy dollars that can be collected), OEA opened negotiations with the district by presenting them with a compensation proposal during the last week of the school year. It was our goal to have the compensation negotiations finalized prior to the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.
We met that goal, and we are pleased to announce that our compensation will increase this year by 5.45 percent in addition to the 5 percent we are already scheduled to receive. Our one-year increase for the 2019-20 school year will be 10.45 percent. This will bring our two-year total increase to 18.15 percent for those on Step 15 and below, and 19.85 percent for those on Step 16 and above.
Here is a snapshot of the total compensation level for the 2019-20 school year at various points, and the increase in compensation from the 2018-19 school year:
BA-O: 51,224.00 (an increase of 3,331.00)
MA-45, Step 10: 78,373.00 (an increase of 7,415.00)
MA-90, Step 16: 98,077.00 (an increase of 9,279.00)
MA-90, Step 16 with 30 years experience: 101,097.00 (an increase of 9,534.00)
OEA and the OSD have a long history of working together collaboratively to problem-solve and help create an environment where both students and educators can thrive. The district understands the importance of recruiting and retaining great educators. That can only happen with great working conditions and great compensation. Our last ratification vote was a very close vote with 60.9 percent of members voting to ratify the new contract. The stakes were high for the outcome of this compensation opener.
The association is pleased that, unlike many of our neighboring districts, we were able to get to this point collectively rather than with adversity. This collective effort is built upon the relationships that both association leaders and district leaders have worked diligently to grow and maintain. This comes from many opportunities for open, honest dialogue and a foundation of trust. This collaborative work can only continue if our association is united and strong, and the district is willing to continue to bargain in good faith for the collective good of students, teachers, and the community.
Our full contract will be bargained this spring, and there will be many issues to discuss at the bargaining table. Please continue to read your emails, read the OEA newsletter, check out our Facebook page, and look at our association website on a regular basis. Your support of our association is critical in the coming months!
For now, enjoy the remaining days of your summer, and thank-you for supporting your association.