TUSD reaches new contract deal with employees
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Custodians and bus drivers are among the union members who reached a tentative contract agreement with Tracy Unified School District, according to a news release from TUSD Thursday, Dec. 5.

The district’s tentative agreement with California School Employee Association includes a 2.35 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1; a 1.65 percent one-time bonus for the 2013-14 school year; an additional 2.5 percent of longevity pay at the 34-year mark for years of service with the district; and an increase in standby pay from $2 per hour to $5.

TUSD employees affected by the agreement include custodians, security personnel, bus drivers, classroom aides, maintenance workers and groundskeepers.

Denise Cheeseman, the president of CSEA Local Chapter 98 and the chairwoman of the union’s negotiations team, said representatives of her union were happy to reach an agreement.

“It’s been a long time coming,” she said. “We haven’t had a raise in many, many years.”

Cheeseman said her union members would take a formal vote on the contract at an evening meeting Tuesday, Dec. 17. She said so far she had received positive feedback from members and she was optimistic it would pass with a majority vote.

TUSD spokesman Joel Danoy said negotiations between the district and CSEA began Sept. 11, 2012, and continued every month except when schools were closed during the summer.

Superintendent Jim Franco was quoted in a Dec. 10 news release from the district, saying, “The district and CSEA worked diligently together to develop an agreement that I think benefits the employees and the community.”

If CSEA members ratify the agreement Tuesday, it must then be approved by the San Joaquin County Office of Education budgeting office, Danoy said. If each group approves the agreement, TUSD trustees will vote to make a final approval of the agreement.

Still in contract negotiations with TUSD are the district’s teachers, but Danoy said both parties have been at an impasse since early November. He said a third-party mediator is expected to meet with both groups in January to help them work out their differences.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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