Board OKs 5% Raise for Teachers, Others

The Board of Education at its regular meeting this week unanimously approved a 5 percent salary increase for teachers and non-represented employees, retroactive to July 1 of 2015.

The raise for teachers was part of a bargaining agreement approved by both the school board and the Teachers Association of Long Beach.  The board’s final approval came after TALB’s K-12 membership ratified the agreement by a 99.2 percent vote.

The target date for retroactive checks to be issued to qualifying employees is Feb. 26.  Then the 5 percent increase will be reflected on subsequent paychecks.  The 5 percent increase also would apply to career increments (longevity), retroactive to July 1 for TALB members and non-represented employees.

When combined with last school year’s 5 percent raise and the prior year’s 3 percent raise, the newest agreement brings the total salary increase to 13 percent over three years for these employees, with no monthly premium co-payment for health plans.

The agreement with TALB includes the adoption of the National Formulary pharmacy plan for the Blue Shield PPO effective July 1, 2016 and provides for a school district subsidy for participation in Weight Watchers as part of LBUSD’s wellness program.  The same pharmacy plan change and Weight Watchers subsidy holds true for non-represented employees.

Other modifications to the TALB contract include updating CDC/Head Start teacher evaluation language and evaluation forms, salary schedule placement, maternity and paternity leave for child bonding and the school district technology guidelines.  Two LBUSD/TALB joint committees will be formed to review the electronic grading and communication systems and review the language for the re-establishment of a Peer Assistance and Review Program.

The new TALB contract runs through June 30, 2018 with reopeners on selected articles each year.

The school district plans to negotiate compensation with the local California School Employees Association chapter in the coming weeks.