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Collective Bargaining

Holiday Pay Transparency Explained

Have you ever been confused by your paycheck? We’ve taken a step forward in pay transparency – here is an explanation of the changes you will see in the new wage schedule!

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General Information JESPA

10 Reasons To Join JESPA

Are you an Education Support Professional (ESP) at Jeffco Public Schools, searching for a way to enhance your career and contribute to a better future? Look no further – joining the Jeffco Education Support Professionals Association (JESPA) is the key to unlocking your potential and driving positive change in your workplace! Here are the top 10 reasons why becoming a JESPA member isn’t just beneficial for you, but for the broader workforce, your students, and our community! 

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Collective Bargaining

What do I need to know about the Protections for Public Workers Act?

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.

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Campaigns

JESPA Ratification Outcome, Our Resolve, and the Fight Ahead

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.

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Collective Bargaining

JESPA General Membership Meeting and Ratification

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.

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Collective Bargaining

General Bargaining FAQs

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.

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Collective Bargaining

JESPA’s Bargaining Team Proposes New Wage Schedule for 2023-2024

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

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Community

Colorado ESP of the Year is JESPA Member Andrea Cisneros

ur very own Andrea Cisneros has been recognized as the Colorado ESP of the year! She is a food service manager at West Woods Elementary and a proud member of JESPA. Andrea is known for her tireless dedication and hard work, both in her role as a food service manager and in her involvement

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Collective Bargaining

JESPA demands real staffing solutions at the bargaining table!

The JESPA bargaining team has met with the district twice for long sessions and have shares our vision for thriving schools. JESPA has made our priorities clear: Staffing, Benefits and Wages.  $20/hr starting wages (additional $3.00 COLA for all) Increased full-time jobs with benefits Percentage based insurance premiums – More paid by district Paraeducator for

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Campaigns

Support for the Public Employees Workplace Protection Act SB23-111

Here in Jeffco Public Schools, workers have been speaking up and organizing for better learning conditions for our students, for fiscal responsibility, and for quality, healthy food in our cafeterias.  We campaigned to keep schools safe and open to students who need resources and school lunch during COVID. We have fought against the misuse of

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