Today, Monday, June 27, 2016, a Legislative Hearing was held between the School Board of Broward County, Florida, and the Broward Teachers Union (BTU), to resolve the two final items remaining in the contract negotiations for the 2015/16 school year, following an impasse declared by the Union. This included:
Pay for Teachers on Levels T and U: The District rejected the Special Magistrate’s recommendation to provide a one-time, non-recurring bonus of $500 to teachers on Levels T and U. The District’s position was to double the increase to $1,000 and add this funding to teachers’ salaries, so that it becomes part of teachers’ recurring base salary.
The School Board voted to approve a 2.51% raise for all teachers, including teachers on Levels T and U, for the 2015/16 school year.
Sixth Period Supplement: The District rejected the Special Magistrate’s recommendation to maintain the sixth period supplement beyond the 2015/16 school year. The District’s position was that it was fundamentally unfair to the vast majority of high school teachers who already voted during the 2015/16 school year to move to a 4×4 A/B schedule, after being advised by District and Union representatives that the supplement would expire at the end of the 2015/16 school year.
The School Board voted to reject the special magistrate’s recommendation regarding the sixth period supplement and clarified that the sixth period supplement ends at the conclusion of the 2015/16 school year. The School Board agreed that there will be on-going discussions moving forward regarding teacher compensation.
As part of the required legislative process, the terms of the 2015/16 contact will be presented to members of the Collective Bargaining Unit for ratification, at a date, time and location to be determined by the Union. If ratified, the District will work to provide the salary increases, retroactive to the start of the 2015/16 school year, as quickly as possible. The new terms will also be in effect for the 2016/17 school year.
If the 2015/16 contract is not ratified by members of the Collective Bargaining Unit, the terms of the contract will be imposed as of the start of the 2016/17 school year.