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BFT Schedules 2 Meetings to Discuss New Contract

This week the BFT will conduct 2 meetings, both on Tuesday, to discuss the new contract and answer questions from members.

Tuesday 12/16/14 at 2:45 PM in the auditorium of BCHS (high school teachers)

Tuesday 12/16/14 at 3:45 PM in the auditorium at CHMS (middle school and elementary teachers)

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Arbitration Settlement Details and the 2015-18 Contract

On Saturday, December 6, the BFT and BOE attended a brief arbitration hearing and agreed upon a stipulated settlement of the 2015-18 contract. A complete copy of that contract can be found here BFT Contract 2015-18

For convenience, here is a salary comparison of the current school year side by side with the 2015-18 school years.

More details and a general membership meeting, including a Q and A session, will be arranged for next week. Below is a summary of the settlement details.

Duration

The contract will last for 3 years, from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

Insurance

Bristol teachers will keep their current PPO insurance plan, with some changes to our contributions.

Currently teachers pay 16% cost share. That will increase to 18%, 19%, and 20% in each of the respective three school years.

Co-pays will also increase. Currently teachers pay $15. That cost will increase to $20 for a visit to a general physician, $40 for a specialist. Emergency room visits will be $100. More details of the health plan can be found on p.43 of the new contract.

Some perspective on this issue: Most districts in the state either have a high deductible health plan (HDHP) exclusively, or have it as an option. Most with it have at least $4000 out-of-pocket expenses, often with no BOE contribution. Each year fewer districts offer the PPO. Of those that still have a PPO, most are already paying 20% cost share. Cost share is the total actual insurance cost for an entire group, divided equally among them. It is not a percentage of your salary.

Salary

There will be a 3% increase to the salary each year. This amount allows for a full step increase in years 1 and 3. To more evenly distribute salary increases, a new step has been added. In 2015-16 it is step 11A. In subsequent years it is step 13. Please read the explanations of steps at the bottom of the A-1 salary schedule in the contract, starting on p.47.

Some perspective on Salary: Bristol continues to have almost half of its teachers on top step. A step increase absorbs almost 2% of any salary increase. We are mindful of helping our entire membership advance, both those on at the top step and those working their way up. Please use the salary comparison above to review your own circumstances within the new salary schedules.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Reading Survey for K-3 Teachers

In September the AFT CT informed educators that the rollout of the new Foundations of Reading survey required for K-3 teachers was being delayed. This was a result of joint efforts by AFT Connecticut and the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) to address a number of issues with implementation and application of the new survey.
For the past three months we have worked with the Malloy-Wyman Administration and the legislature to find solutions to members’ concerns. The State Department of Education (SDE) yesterday announced significant improvements that we advocated for, along with new window dates for administration.
SDE has established two survey administration windows for districts to choose from
  • January 20, 2015, through May 15, 2015; &
  • August 17, 2015, through September 11, 2015.
Key survey application protections and improvements include:
  • Discretion by local education agency, not SDE, for administration; 
  • Protection of anonymity for teachers;
  • Restriction of results from evaluations
  • Exemption from FOIA disclosure for results; &
  • Prohibition of certification consequences from results.
This update will be posted to the “Professional Development” page of the AFT CT website, where we have linked a practice survey and the Connecticut Foundations of Reading (CFOR) website.
We appreciate your trust and support as we worked to ensure the new survey did not put our member at unnecessary risk. Together, we showed what “solution-driven unionism” is all about.
More to come, and in solidarity, 
Melodie Peters
President, AFT Connecticut
Steve McKeever
First Vice-President, AFT Connecticut
Jean Morningstar
Second Vice-President, AFT Connecticut
Patti Fusco
Pre-K-12 Jurisdictional Vice-President, AFT Connecticut
 
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Posted by on December 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Arbitration Settlement

At the arbitration hearing today, the BFT and BOE signed a stipulated agreement resolving the contract dispute. Details will be made available to teachers midweek once official copies of the agreement have been filed fulfilling certain legal requirements.

A letter explaining the details is being drafted, and a general membership meeting will be arranged for the week of December 8-12.

This web site will be updated in a few days with more info.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Cancelled – BFT Holiday Party

Due to a lack of members RSVPing, the BFT social committee has decided to cancel the Holiday Party that was scheduled for Saturday. We regret any inconvenience to members.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

BFT Holiday Party Details and RSVP

The BFT Holiday party is for BFT members and their children age 10 and under. It’s a day of games, crafts, food, and gifts!

This year will also have a special visit from Santa!

When: Saturday, December 6 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Greene Hills K-8 School

How: Call 860 582-6732 to RSVP by December 1. A grab bag will be held – For each child attending, parents are asked to donate a gift of approximately $10 value for the grab bag.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

BFT Contract Goes to Arbitration

The BFT negotiating team regrets to inform the membership that regular negotiations and mediation have not produced a full contract agreement. Only a few, very minor language changes were agreed to.

Therefore, insurance, salary, and duration of the next BFT contract will be decided using binding arbitration.

A written statement with more details will be sent to each member shortly, summarizing the events that occurred during negotiations and detailing the language that was proposed by both sides. Additionally, a general membership meeting will be held to discuss the matter and provide greater elaboration.

We ask for patience as this legal process unfolds.

Fraternally,

The BFT Team

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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