Jeffco Public Schools and JCEA reach agreement
Jeffco Public Schools (Jeffco) announced that it has reached a negotiated agreement with Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) to increase compensation for educators and resolve other employment considerations. Teams representing each organization reconvened on August 14 in an effort to finalize outstanding negotiated items remaining from spring 2019 bargaining sessions.
Jeffco and JCEA recognize that hiring and retaining qualified, experienced educators is critical to both parties, and offering competitive salaries is an important contributor toward accomplishing this goal. In addition, the parties acknowledge and appreciate the sacrifices JCEA members and all other staff made when they incurred pay freezes from 2010-2013 in order to allow the District to maintain full employment.
Compensation for educators was the focus of the August 14 session. After reviewing tentative agreements and recapping the many hours of negotiations in the spring months, the team began considering options for compensation change for the 2019-20 school year.
The negotiating teams reached an agreement
Step increase to eligible bargaining unit members - a step increase is a standard salary schedule driven increase.
Educational achievement level change to eligible bargaining unit members - from earning a degree or additional graduate credit hours.
A cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 2.5 percent to all eligible bargaining unit members - applied to each salary value of the 4-lane, 29-step salary schedule. Once approved, Jeffco’s new educator entry salary rate will be $42,014, an increase of $2,091 over the entry rate for 2018-19. The maximum salary also increases to $90,696.
The implementation of longevity compensation to honor the past pay freezes incurred by JCEA staff. The District will distribute $3,000,000 (salary and benefits) evenly to current JCEA educators who incurred pay freezes between FY2011 and FY2013. The longevity increase will be an ongoing component of the employee’s salary for the duration of their status as a JCEA employee.
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