Just over three weeks after the teacher's union agreed to permanent changes to its existing collective bargaining agreement, along with a temporary memorandum of understanding, Tehachapi Unified School District trustees at their Nov. 13 meeting approved opening negotiations between the district and the California School Employees Association.
CSEA Chapter 466 represents non-teaching school district employees in Tehachapi -- the unsung heroes of children's educational experience, which includes custodians, food workers, secretaries, library technicians, bus drivers and related positions.
CSEA represents more than 230,000 public employees in California, including 227 in Tehachapi.
According to Superintendent of Schools Lisa Gilbert, it is agreed upon that in negotiations the two sides always address the articles of salary and health and welfare, but CSEA and the district can reopen up to two additional articles of the contract as well.
This time the CSEA chose hours of employment and layoff and re-employment procedures, while the district chose promotion policy and evaluations.
The exact details of the proposed changes that would modify the current contract which runs from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2014, have not been decided and will be determined during negotiations.
Once all changes are proposed, details will be made public and CSEA members and the district must still ratify an agreement.