Napa Valley EA News
Representing NVUSD Teachers, Counselors, and Nurses
August 3, 2020
I appreciate those that were able to attend and ask questions at the Certificated Town Hall today. It is important to be able to understand the meaning behind the language. If you missed it, here is a link to the recording of today's Zoom. Many of the questions that have arisen were answered during that meeting. If you were not able to get your question answered, please reach out to HR or Instruction. I am also including the link to the MOU and supporting documents for easy access.
There are a few things that you need to know:
- The MOU is a culmination of meetings that began in May through the IBPS process.
- The MOU is to cover an emergency situation. It is only for the 2020-2021 school year.
- NVEA has not ever voted on an MOU.
- NVEA surveyed members about furlough days and class size changes during the last economic down turn. The furlough days MOU had a substantial impact on compensation. This MOU has no impact on compensation.
- This MOU is not signed yet. If you read to the bottom of it, the signature line is blank. This is intentional. Feedback and clarity are important.
- Data was solicited from you by the District in their survey to staff that happened in May. NVEA sent, through our site reps, a survey at the beginning of June. NVEA also asked for volunteers for the Covid 19 Taskforce and for work groups. Our members were on all groups.
- NVEA/NVUSD met June 9, 16, 23, and 30. Each of these meetings had an official Executive Board meeting the day before to talk about data and possible outcomes. Data points included the survey results from both the district and NVEA. Updates on the Taskforce progress. Directives from the state, budget trailers, CDE and CDC information. Also bargaining directions with sample contract language from CTA and from neighboring districts.
- Task Force meetings happened June 10, 12, 17, and 19. Work groups started after the 19th. All of these committees had NVEA members on them to insure teacher voice.
- The Taskforce recommendation was initially to have in-person instruction with a video camera for live stream virtual access. Please review the meeting, as it is discussed. NVEA was a solid no on this option. It created problems for teachers and did not bring the class size down to a number that would provide the space for physical distancing.
- One example of the Executive Board negotiating members' interests is the final decision to allow members to choose to work from home. Initially the district planned to require all members who did not have medical accommodations to work from school. We successfully bargained the right of members to choose to work from home during Phase One.
- All of this is being bargained while the state continued to change the rules, the work groups were developing procedures, and Covid continued to ramp up.
- The update that I sent the end of June with an ask for information was not successful. We were not able to use a quick data point in the hopes of showing the district how many people were willing to return to work without accommodations.
- NVEA re-sent the survey that had been sent the first part of June. This data was shared again with Council. It also added an element to the discussion around professional use of district equipment.
- Council met every Tuesday in July, as well as July 23, 24, and 29. Executive Board met the day before these meetings as well as after. At each meeting we discussed interest, options, and straw designs, endeavoring to find a plan that would meet the most interests of all stakeholders.
- NVEA leadership has been committed to representing its members. Safety, employment, adequate training, tools and clear expectations have been our drivers as well as asking for considerations for our members for not only health, but also family needs. The intent was to stay as close to our contract as possible while still dealing with a global pandemic.
Although we could not make everyone happy with this decision, our process has brought us to a plan that meets the most interests. As we implement this plan, we will continue to monitor the ever-changing challenges of educating the students in our community during this unprecedented time.
We wish you good health and a successful start to the school year!