Unit 3 Bargaining Update for Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Unit 3 Signs Agreements Preserving Professional Status, Prep Time and Personal Days
Our Unit 3 bargaining team recorded some important wins for the Professional Educators and Librarians in state service. And in doing so, the team laid the groundwork for securing a contract that creates a California for All.
“This was a long-fought and fruitful day for our team and our members,” said Terry Hibbard, Unit 3 bargaining chair. “In all, we signed 19 different tentative agreements that preserve our wins from previous contract campaigns.”
Among the highlights from the 19 “roll over” agreements:
- Professional status safeguards for Unit 3 members that ensure their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) status and hours of work.
- Preservation of instructional prep time, which allows Unit 3 teachers to do their job well by preparing lesson plans and gathering supplies.
- Protection of the three personal necessity days granted in our contract. Our Unit 3 employees work on a fixed calendar and don’t have the flexibility to miss work to handle emergent work and family issues.
With all of the Unit 3 proposals now in front of state negotiators, several issues remain, including offsite prep time. The team held a robust discussion about ensuring teacher’s ability to prepare curriculum away from the worksite, where they can access tools and materials not easily or generally available at work.
Meanwhile, the team looks forward to showing our support for a good contract at next Tuesday’s rally on the west steps of the Capitol.