Category: Collective Bargaining
In the realm of special education, paraeducators are indispensable, offering direct support to students with special needs. Yet, their crucial role faces uncertainty as the Jeffco School District labels them ‘temporary’ despite their established permanent employee status. This undermines job security, worsens staffing issues, and impacts hundreds of students with special needs. Join us in standing up for paraeducators, our students, and our commitment to fairness and stability.
In a groundbreaking move, Colorado has taken a significant step towards safeguarding the rights of its public employees with the recently enacted “Protections for Public Workers Act.” This legislation marks a turning point in extending essential rights to workers across various sectors, including hospitals, universities, public schools, and other quasi-governmental entities. This article dives into the core provisions of the Act, its resemblances to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Sections 7 and 8, and the profound impact it holds for workers and unions.
While we had several great wins with new contract language and wage schedules, the district fought many of the transformative changes we had advocated for, including vital issues such as livable wages, adequate staffing, improved health benefits, and an end to outsourcing. While we feel the weight of this disappointment, it only fuels our resolve to fight harder for the rights and demands that remain unmet.
The JESPA General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, June 22nd. At this meeting, we will review the tentative agreement reached in bargaining and open for ratification.
We will also hold a bargaining debrief and strategy/planning session prior to the General Membership meeting. This debrief will be to review this year’s bargaining as a whole and to help establish our next steps.
Here are some common questions and answers and an example of a condensed wage schedule vs the current timeline with gaps to illustrate potential lost earnings due to the number of years and the gaps between steps. What is a wage schedule? The ESP wage schedule in JEFFCO forecast’s career growth for every ESP job
Collective bargaining refers to the process by which employers and employees negotiate the terms and conditions of employment, including wages, benefits, working hours, and other aspects of the work environment. It is a way for workers to have a say in their working conditions and to improve their economic and social well-being.
JESPA’s bargaining team has a plan to address staffing shortages by supporting career advancement in JEFFCO Public Schools by investing in our current employees’ futures. Compressing the wage schedule will incentivize retention as well as attract experience by increasing lifetime earnings. You can help. Union involvement has a direct correlation to increasing lifetime earnings for