Message from the Superintendent

 

Greetings Parlier Unified Families,

Despite the ongoing warm temperatures, Tuesday, September 23, 2014 marks the first day of fall. Soon enough, many of us will find ourselves celebrating such traditional events as harvest, Halloween, and the Big Fresno Fair. Major League Baseball’s World Series is right around the corner and college and NFL football games are lighting up televisions in many of our homes. Whether you are a Dodger or Giants fan, a Raider, 49er, or Cowboy fanatic, a Benavidez Bengal, Martinez Jaguar, Chavez Wildcat, Brletic Cougar, Parlier Jr. High School Tiger, San Joaquin Valley High School Lion, or Parlier High School Panther, the common thread that bonds us together is that we desire the absolute best opportunities for the young people that call Parlier Unified their home.  Read More

Statement by Deputy Superintendent Edward Lucero
PFA Negotiation Update
March 20, 2015

 

The District’s negotiations team met with the Parlier Faculty Association’s negotiations team on March 20, 2015, in a daylong negotiation session.  The parties agreed to continued discussions regarding the remaining issues being negotiated on April 9, May 4, and May 11, 2015.
 
In this year’s negotiations, the parties have been engaged in discussions regarding a retirement incentive for PFA members for the 2014-2015 school year. 
 
DISTRICT’S FIRST PROPOSAL REGARDING RETIREMENT INCENTIVES
 
This morning, the District first proposed an agreement that would have provided retirement incentives for the 2014-2015, summarized as follows:
 
  • Fully paid lifetime health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a Medicare supplement plan, for unit members who had reached age 55 and had been employed with the District for at least ten years;
  • Prior to age 65, this coverage also would have included the unit member’s spouse and eligible dependents; and
  • A $10,000 retirement incentive payment for unit members that retired at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year.
 
The District’s proposed agreement also proposed retirement incentive for the 2015-2016 school year, summarized as follows:
 
  • Fully paid lifetime health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, and a Medicare supplement plan, for unit members who had reached age 55 and had been employed with the District for at least ten years; and
  • Prior to age 65, this coverage also would have included the unit member’s spouse and eligible dependents.
 
As part of this agreement the District also proposed revisions Article 21 – Retiree Benefits, in the collective bargaining agreement.  This proposal was made subject to PFA approval and future Board approval. 
 
This first proposal from the District was rejected at today’s meeting.
 
PFA’S COUNTERPROPOSAL REGARDING RETIREMENT INCENTIVES
 
PFA proposed a counterproposal to the District’s offered agreement that included an additional 6% increase to the salary schedule for the 2014-2015 school year, which would have been retroactive to
 
July 1, 2014.  This would have resulted in a total salary schedule increase of 11% for the 2014-2015 school year compared to the 2013-2014 school year. 
 
The District rejected this counterproposal at today’s meeting.
 
DISTRICT’S SECOND PROPOSAL REGARDING RETIREMENT INCENTIVES
 
In response to PFA’s counterproposal, the District made a second proposal regarding retirement incentives.  The second proposal increased the cash retirement incentive for retirement at the conclusion of the 2014-2015 school year offered in the District’s first proposal of the day to $15,000.
 
Given the time of the year, and the District’s need to know if unit members are going to retire, the District conditioned this second proposal on PFA accepting these terms, and the parties signing an agreement on these terms, by the end of the day on March 20, 2015.
 
PFA rejected this second proposal from the District at today’s meeting.
 
Accordingly, there will be no retirement incentive offered by the District to PFA members for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.  The District is providing this information to the public in the interests of transparency.