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Negotiations Update #9

Dear Colleagues,

As reported in our last negotiations update, N-MFT's bargaining team rejected what the District presented to us as their Last, Best, and Final offer on June 16, 2015. Since then, N-MFT leadership has addressed the School Board twice regarding our concerns with the District's Last, Best, and Final offer. 
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Negotiations Update #8

June 16, 2015
 
Dear Colleagues,
It is regrettable that we have been unable to reach agreement with the district during our reopener negotiations for the 2015-16 school year. The main barrier to our reaching an agreement involved the longstanding issue of inequitable preparation time for our K-3 teachers. Despite our efforts to secure 30 minutes of guaranteed preparation time for the 2015-16 school year and 90 minutes of guaranteed preparation time for the 2016-17 school year, the district would not agree to safeguard this valuable time needed to prepare for instruction from mandatory collaboration meetings. The district wouldn’t even agree to give the K-3 teachers 2 substitute release days! We were willing to increase the elementary instructional minutes in order to allow for K-3 preparation time. By including “collaboration” meetings within the definition of conference/preparation time, the district could force K-3 teachers to forego valuable preparation time to work with your colleagues on Principal directed assignments, paperwork unrelated to instruction, and other directed tasks.
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N-MFT Negotiations Update & Call to Action!

June 4, 2015

 
We have come to a critical point in Negotiations. Your voices have been heard! Thank you to those that have sent letters and emails stating your positions on the District’s proposals. The Team has represented all unit members through the proposals we have made to the District. The Team has yet to receive counter-proposals to most of the proposals that were presented, and have yet to receive any proposals we fully agree with. We continue the fight for a salary increase, an increased District contribution to medical benefits, and K-3 preparation time equity.

 

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Negotiations Update #5

Dear N-MFT Members,
 
We just got out of another day of negotiations. During
today's session, N-MFT proposed the following:
 
 
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Dear N-MFT AFT Local 1794 and N-MFT Retired Members

This joint letter from the presidents of both of our organizations - Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers AFT 1794 and Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers Retired - is to reaffirm our commitment towards solidarity and mutual aid regarding health benefit offerings for 2015-1016.

Click Link for more information retired_letter.pdf

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