After five months of negotiations, the parties reached a tentative agreement (TA) Monday, Nov. 8 for a successor contract to the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
Highlights of the three-year agreement include modifications to the existing salary schedule, wage increases of 6 percent, 3 percent, 1.5 percent to make us in alignment with neighboring districts (plus IPD each year), enhanced support for several positions, updating leave provisions to insure compliance with current laws, and clarification of personnel actions. All told, the parties examined, discussed, and negotiated over 24 sections from the thirty-four 34 section contract.
The parties will now turn their attention to the administrative task of collating the agreed to language changes in order to develop a preliminary “redline” draft for the teams to review for accuracy. This should be completed in the next week or two if all goes well. Once that step is accomplished, the parties will follow their respective procedures for ratification of the agreement. It is expected that this last step should be finalized by early December.
The District would like to thank the Education Support Professional bargaining unit for its efforts with this endeavor. The union brought the concerns of its membership forward and zealously advocated on their behalf. Moving forward, the District welcomes the opportunity to implement this new agreement in partnership with the union.
About Tacoma Schools
Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...