Negotiations Update: P.E.A. Negotiations Team Unanimously Votes To Declare Impasse
May 22, 2017 —-9:48 PM
Members of the PEA:
First, the P.E.A. negotiations team would like to thank all members and Action Team members for your support this evening. Your donated snacks and goodies made what turned out to be a VERY unproductive evening tolerable. While our negotiations team arrived at 4:00 PM sharp, the scheduled time, the full District team was unavailable to meet until 5:30 PM. More than that, despite promises from the District that we would work into the early morning hours, the District left before 8 PM.
The PEA negotiations team does not want to waste any more of the Union’s resources for this stage of the negotiations process. Therefore, at the conclusion of tonight’s meeting, our team unanimously decided to file for ‘Impasse’ with the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC). PERC will now assign a neutral mediator to assist the parties in resolving the contract dispute. As we move through this process I will be sending out email blasts to keep you up to speed as to the timeframe that this will take.
In negotiations, it is not appropriate for the Union and management to negotiate the contract in the public eye. We understand that for many this can be quite frustrating because you are not privy to what is discussed at the table. To that end, our team is going to respect that process.
We remain committed to improving the salaries and the working conditions of all of our members of the Union. We are extremely disappointed and frustrated regarding the District’s lack of commitment to a speedy resolution for a fair and equitable successor contract.
The P.E.A. Negotiations Team
Updated Info for renewal:
Below are links to two (2) important documents. The first is a document outlining for you the process of accepting employment for the upcoming school year. The second document is the form letter that you should fill out to accept employment. I have taken a great deal of time to speak with our NJEA Uniserv Representative. As you know, May 15, 2017, is quickly approaching. My office has already emailed and posted to this website the documents for all non-tenured certified employees to fill out and hand deliver to 90 Delaware on May 16, 2017. At the 4/26/17 P.E.A. Delegate meeting, a question was raised inquiring if Instructional Assistants (inclusive of I.A.’s and P.A.’s) must also complete this paperwork and submit it on May 16, 2017.
P.E.A. has reviewed the contract (specifically Article 15:1). Based on Article 15:1, Instructional Assistants, and Personal Assistants (WITH LESS than two years of employment in Paterson) who do not receive a non-renewal or renewal letter by May 15, 2017, should follow the process outlined above.
Any IA or PA with more than two years of employment in Paterson is NOT required to follow this process because their employment is renewed automatically in the same manner as a tenured certificated employee.
Document 1: Employment Acceptance Letter 16-17
Document 2: Employment Acceptance Letter Cover 16-17
There are a few pieces of information that we believe you should be made aware:
1. On or before May 15 in each year, every board of education in this State shall give to each non-tenure teaching staff member notification of employment for the upcoming school year.
2. The form letter that is attached should be personalized with your information, and hand delivered to the Human Resource Department on the 3rd floor of the Central office located at 90 Delaware Avenue.
3. We recommend bringing two copies. One of the two copies that you hand deliver, should be time stamped by the recipient. Please keep that for your personal records.
4. If you choose to utilize the US Postal Mail to submit your letter, please do so by certified mail return receipt requested.
5. While you can deliver this up until June 1, we STRONGLY recommend hand delivering on May 16, 2016.