Bargaining teams for the Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach Chapter 2 of the California School Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement that includes the same 5 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1 and the same health benefit package that was provided to Teachers Association of Long Beach members and to non-represented employees earlier this year.
The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by CSEA's membership and then approval by the Board of Education. CSEA has scheduled their ratification date on Thursday, March 10 in room 1 at the Teacher Resource Center, 1299 E. 32nd St., Signal Hill.
Pending approval, CSEA members could receive retroactive checks as early as May 20. Then the 5 percent increase would be reflected on subsequent paychecks. The 5 percent increase also would apply to career increments (longevity), retroactive to July 1.
When combined with last school year's 5 percent raise and the prior year's 3 percent raise, the tentative agreement if ratified would bring the total salary increase to 13 percent over three years for these employees, with no monthly premium co-payment for health plans.
The agreement with CSEA includes the adoption of the National Formulary pharmacy plan for the Blue Shield PPO effective July 1, 2016 and provides for a school district subsidy for participation in Weight Watchers as part of LBUSD's wellness program.
Other modifications to the CSEA contract involve language about receiving compensation for unused compensatory time, updates to adoption leave, clarifications with evaluation procedures and progressive discipline, technical updates to titles, and revisions to the school district technology guidelines.
The contract would run through Oct. 31, 2018 with annual reopeners on selected articles.