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CSEA & DUSD Three-Year Contract Agreement Through 2020-21
The Board of Education of the Duarte Unified School District (DUSD) approved the tentative agreement reached with the California School Employees Association (CSEA) for compensation at the Special Meeting held on Friday, June 1, 2018.
The terms of the negotiated agreement between DUSD and CSEA stipulates a one year classified salary schedule increase of 2.0%, retroactive to January 1, 2018. In addition, four Memorandums of Understanding also included within the agreement were approved by the Board that provide for the inclusion of proctors in the bargaining unit, adding a new classification of Lead Intensive Behavioral Instructional Assistant, changes to the classification of Head Custodian I, II, III, and cash-in-lieu benefits attestation.
“CSEA members are pleased with this raise. It shows growth in our partnership and is setting a good foundation. We hope that our relationship continues to grow and we build trust in our partnership. Our members and executive board see good things are happening, and this agreement will ensure camaraderie and morale will definitely be on the rise,” stated Alicia D’Amato Brieno, President of CSEA, Duarte Chapter 25. The members of the negotiating teams for both DUSD and CSEA are to be commended for reaching a mutually beneficial result for both parties.
Attracting and retaining the highest qualified workforce by offering just compensation was one of seven primary initiatives contained in the district’s five-year strategic plan, known as the Competitive Advantage Plan (CAP), certified by Resolution and adopted by the Board at its Regular Meeting held on July 21, 2016.
This opportunity to increase compensation for classified employees, as well as for the salary increase agreement reached with certificated staff, was the direct result of the CAP initiatives that led to a significant increase in enrollment after 15 consecutive years of decline.
At the Special Meeting held on June 1, the Board also approved the first iteration of the CAP. In this updated version that extends the CAP to 2022, solidifying competitive salaries for all staff has been moved to the primary position among the seven key strategies.
“The Board’s first priority as now embraced in the first strategy of the district’s adopted Competitive Advantage Plan (CAP) has been to improve compensation for all who work within the district. The approval of the CSEA salary agreement is an affirmation of this priority and is only possible through the collaboration among leaders and the continued increase in student enrollment in the district. Watch Duarte rise!” stated Board President, Douglas Edwards.