Union Negotiations

Negotiations Update #2 – September 27, 2019

On September 23, 2019, members of the negotiations team for NUSD and NFT met and exchanged proposals.

The District discussed the financial impacts of declining enrollment, increases in required retirement contributions, increases in teacher salary step & column costs, and increasing special education costs relative to new revenue for the 2019/2020 school year. 

The District’s submitted proposal included a 1% on-schedule salary increase effective July 1, 2019. In addition, the District proposed language on an Intent to Separate stipend, as well as maintaining current contributions for medical coverage, and is open to discussion on other proposals submitted.

NFT submitted an additional proposal for special education class sizes at the secondary level. 

The total cost of NFT’s current proposal remains at approximately $5.4 million or the equivalent of 13%. This includes 8% for salary and longevity and 5% for additional costs associated with contract language. 

No agreements have been reached at this time, but the District looks forward to continued discussion with NFT on an agreement that is both fair and fiscally responsible.

Negotiations are scheduled to resume on Monday, October 21, 2019.

September 13, 2019 – Negotiations Update

On September 9, 2019, members of the District’s Negotiations Team, along with members of the Novato Federation of Teachers (NFT) Negotiations Team, met for a half-day of negotiations.

After the District provided an update of the current and future budget landscape, which showed deficit spending over the next three years, the District made an offer to increase the salary of NFT members by 1%.  NUSD is reviewing submitted proposals from NFT on articles that are open for negotiations and will respond to those proposals during our next negotiations session.

An offer of 1% to NFT members is approximately $415,000 annually, which unless other reductions are made district-wide, would result in continued deficit spending or necessitate budget reductions.

NFT brought further clarification to their initial offer which includes:

  • A 7% salary increase (at a cost of $2,900,000 annually).
  • Other changes to the collective bargaining agreement for an estimated additional $2,500,000 annually.
  • The total package of NFT’s initial offer is at least $5,400,000 annually or the equivalent of a 13% salary increase.

No agreements were reached at this time, however the District remains optimistic in collaboratively finding a fair and fiscally responsible agreement with NFT.

Negotiations are scheduled to continue on September 23, 2019.