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PAEA Executive Board Elections 2024 Candidates 

for President, Vice President, & Member-at-Large - High School for the 2024-25 & 2025-26 term

 

Teri Baldwin - candidate for President

David Cohen - candidate for President

Tom Culbertson - candidate for Vice President

Jen Ellington - candidate for Member-at-Large, High School

 

 

 

 

 

Negotiations Update 1-22-24

 

Compensation and Benefits (Article VI & Appendix H): Today, the District responded to our salary proposal with a 2% on-schedule increase and a 1% off-schedule payment for 2023-2024.  They proposed the same numbers for the 2024-2025 school year. They also proposed an alternate restructuring of the salary scale that solely focused on new hires by removing the first two columns and first two steps. The District management feels strongly that their priority is new hires and that teacher retention is not something the district struggles with at this time. We were disheartened by this first salary proposal from management. It does not keep pace with inflation and fails to recognize the financial reality that many of our educators are experiencing in this high cost-of-living area during  an inflationary period.

 

 

 

Our counter-offer was a request for 6% on-schedule this year, with an additional 2% off-schedule bonus paid out to members who will not immediately benefit from the salary restructuring. We proposed 5% on-schedule for next year with 1% one time off schedule and trigger language for excess property taxes above the projection used in the budget. We are also continuing our efforts to restructure the salary schedule over two years instead of all at once. Our rationale for this restructuring is to provide a faster path to maximum salary - you will reach the maximum in 20 years instead of 30 years under our current proposal. This has a positive impact on your retirement benefits and total lifetime earnings. For teachers in the first years of their careers, our proposal also contains an increase in starting salaries AND the elimination of the “0” and “15” credits column. We’re planning on creating a video soon that will give you a better idea of what this proposed salary restructure means for you.

Class Size (Article IX): The negotiations team is deeply committed to supporting our Special Educators. We continued that today when we proposed (for the second time) language that would limit case management loads.  In addition, we proposed tightening language around class size limits, with generous remediation that would be paid directly to teachers on a quarterly basis.

Evaluations (Article X): Both sides are close to finalizing language that will add piloted evaluation options into the contract as well as formalize staff assessment of administrative performance.

MOU for Covering Classes: PAEA and the District are close to finalizing an MOU ensuring all teachers will not be compelled to receive students from other classes during their regular instructional or prep time. If they choose to help, the MOU will make sure they are compensated.

Working Conditions (Article XIII): PAEA is continuing to receive input regarding the needs of our members in order to draft a proposal for this article.

You can see all of the actual proposal language on the Negotiations 2023-24 tab

 
Negotiations Update 12-11-23
 
Comp & Benefits: On 10-16-23 PAEA proposed a restructure of the salary schedule eliminating some steps so that there is a total of 22 steps instead of 30. We also proposed an 8% raise. For health benefits, we proposed to make the MOU language permanent and have the district cover 100% for an individual plan and 90% for the tiered plus one and family plans. This has been how the contributions have ended up working out for many years. (see proposal on the Negotiations tab) 
 
Class Size: PAEA proposed making the average class sizes in the contract actual maximum caps. We also proposed language for Special Ed and Related Services caseload maximums. Both of these allow for educators to give more individualize attention to all of the students in their classes. It will help all students but especially those falling below the benchmarks and our full-inclusion students. Since there have been more combination grade classes (with the exception of the Ohlone School model), PAEA proposed that educators need to agree to teach these classes and if they do, they will be paid 120% for the year. Educators who are instructed to teach a combo class have to teach 2 full grade levels at the same time. It is double the work, prep, and evaluation. (see proposal on the Negotiations Tab).
 
Evaluatons: See the previous updates sent to members. All proposals and counters are on the Negotiations Tab.
 
 
 
About Us
 
The Palo Alto Educators Association is the exclusive representative of the certificated employees of the Palo Alto Unified School District.  We have around 900 members and are affiliated with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Educators Association (NEA). As an association, we are dedicated to ensuring the best possible achievement, both academic and social/emotional, of our students.  We represent the rights and working conditions of our members and therefore, the learning conditions of students.

 

Who Is the Teachers Union?

97% of the eligible educators in PAUSD are members of PAEA. Role of the union: When the union takes a position, it comes from our membership. As union leaders, we are proud to speak on their behalf to share their insights and concerns.

 

 

PAEA and CTA Elections

 

PAEA Executive Board Election Candidates for the 2 Year Term: 2024-25 & 2025-26

(will be posted once declarations are received)

 

CTA State Council Representative

No vacancies

 

NEA RA Representatives

(will be posted once declarations are received)

 

 

PAEA Letter to PAUSD Board of Ed Member Collins

 

 

 

 

 

PAEA Educators supporting their Negotiations Team

 

 

 
    
 
  
 
  
 
 
PAEA - Palo Alto Educators Association
 
The Palo Alto Educators Association is the exclusive representative of the certificated employees of the Palo Alto Unified School District.  We have around 900 members and are affiliated with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Educators Association (NEA). 
 

As an association, we are dedicated to ensuring the best possible achievement, both academic and social/emotional, of our students.  We represent the rights and working conditions of our members and therefore, the learning conditions of students.

Who Is the Teachers Union?

97% of the eligible educators in PAUSD are members of PAEA. Role of the union: When the union takes a position, it comes from our membership. As union leaders, we are proud to speak on their behalf to share their insights and concerns.