Dear FURA members,
On Wednesday, 8/24, the board has on its agenda ( below ) to RATIFY the tentative agreement which you can view at. Rog Lucido will be speaking in our behalf ( See his statement below the agenda item ). Other FURA members are encouraged to come and speak also.
B. CONFERENCE/DISCUSSION AGENDA – continued
Agenda – Board of Education Regular Meeting Wednesday August 24, 2005
B-26, OPPORTUNITY for Public Disclosure and RATIFY of the July 1, 2004 through June 30, 2007, Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the Fresno Unified School District and the Fresno Teachers Association:
In accordance with AB 1200 (Statutes of 1981, Chapter 1213), all major provisions of collective bargaining agreements are to be presented at a public meeting of the public school employer before they enter into a written agreement. Included in the Board binders is the tentative agreement between the District and the Fresno Teachers Association and the projected savings of this agreement. The Superintendent recommends ratification. Fiscal Impact: This Agreement includes reductions in the Unrestricted General fund of $8.8M in class size savings, $6.7M in health savings and a one-time health savings of $5.5M . The Agreement also includes a salary increase of $8.6M in the Unrestricted General fund. The salary increases are as follows: 2% effective with the first warrant of the 2005-2006 contract pay year. and a 1.1% effective January 1, 2006. A net savings of $12.4M for 2005-06. All reductions and increases are contingent upon agreement thereto by all other employee exclusive representatives and non-represented employees. Contact person: Eva L. Chavez, telephone 457-3624.
Dear President Medina, Clerk Mills, members of the board and superintendent Hanson. My name is Rog Lucido. I am a retired Fresno Unified physics teacher, having taught for over 38 years. I am a member of Fresno Unified Retirees Association and am here to share with you our concerns about this tentative agreement with FTA.
Retirees are no longer district employees. We do not belong to FTA. We have no voting rights, yet FTA is bargaining away our health benefits. There are 3,351 retirees and their spouses (1,927 add this to over 7,000 employees not including their dependents ) who may possibly be affected by this Tentative agreement. While this contract was being negotiated retirees were not contacted either by the district or FTA for input–not for a vote, not even just to ask us how this may affect us. The district may soon be sending all of us a bill to pay our premiums and assessments, so they do have our addresses. This was simply disrespect. Its not fun to be treated as a pawn after years of service to the district.
To make things worse, even though we are on a limited income, we will no longer know what to expect or if we have the ability to pay for our monthly contribution. According to this Tentative Agreement:
If the shortfall is less than three percent (3%), the Joint Health Management Board shall act immediately to increase eligible employee and/or retiree contributions or assessments, and/or modify plan design.
If the shortfall is three percent (3%) or more, the Health Plan Reserve Assessment shall automatically and immediately be increased for all eligible active employees and eligible pre-65 year old retirees.
The decision to increase contributions or modify the plan does not have to be ratified either by the FTA membership or the School Board and of course the Retirees have no rights at all in this matter. Because FTA will have more than 50% of the employee vote on the Joint Health Management Board, this renders the other employee unions also powerless. It should be noted that there is no stipulation about the JHMB ever decreasing employee and retiree contributions.
The school board has received much documentation from FURA’s Attorney, Robert Bezemek, as to the illegality of rescinding a negotiated health plan for vested retirees that has been in place for nearly 30 years. You cannot charge pre-65 and post-65 different premiums and assessment fees. This is age discrimination. To approve this Tentative Agreement is to present a false front that the current retiree’s contributions are critical to this contract. Does this school board really want to illegally collect that which you will soon have to return ? How will the county and state authorities as well as present and future employees view FUSD? It is not too late to say no to this tentative agreement and renegotiate it with justice for retirees and all employees alike.