This morning, JESPA’s bargaining team made a counter-proposal to the district. Last week, the district proposed a 3% one-time bonus, which is not enough for Jeffco’s low wage, front line workers.
The JESPA Team submitted the following proposal: An ongoing step starting at the midyear point, a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment $2,069,934, 2% one-time payout = $ 2,069,934, adding a furlough day (December 24) for a savings of $860,000, for a total cost of $4,473,050 this budget year.
We asked the district to provide the underspend dollars; the money saved by employees retiring and going on unpaid leaves. As a result of COVID, many have left, but the money the district saves should not be rediverted to programs and central admin jobs, but instead, to help move those of us on the frontline to a living wage.