The Board of Education unanimously approved an agreement this week with Long Beach Chapter 2 of the California School Employees Association, providing a 5 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2015. The agreement includes the same salary increase and health benefit package that was provided to Teachers Association of Long Beach members and to non-represented employees earlier this year.
The school board’s approval of the raise for qualifying classified employees came after CSEA members ratified the agreement by a 99 percent yes vote.
The target date for retroactive checks to be issued to qualifying employees is May 20. Then the 5 percent increase will be reflected on subsequent paychecks. The 5 percent increase also applies to career increments (longevity), retroactive to July 1, 2015.
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 CSEA 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.
Other modifications to the CSEA contract involve language about receiving compensation for unused compensatory time, updates to adoption leave, clarifications on evaluation procedures and progressive discipline, technical updates to titles, and revisions to the school district technology guidelines.
The new contract runs through Oct. 31, 2018 with annual reopeners on selected articles.