Each year, representatives of the Washington County Board of Education and representatives of the Washington County Teachers Association meet to negotiate the contract. Hence the “negotiated agreement,” which is then approved by the Board of Education and ratified by WCTA members. If you are interested in downloading a copy of the latest NEGOTIATed WCPS-WCTA agreement, click here. The full content of the two agreements will be made available to workers and the public in the coming weeks. Members of both groups of workers had previously ratified the agreements, which led to the BOE vote today. Each contract will take effect retroactively on July 1, 2017. The WCTA contract expires on June 30, 2022 and the WCESP contract expires on June 30, 2021. For teachers and supervisors alike, the salary will be the only negotiated item for the 2017-2018 school year for the 2019 fiscal year. The WCESP agreement provides for an increase in the ladder and increases the scale by one per cent. The treaty also provides for the creation of a task force that will create learning opportunities for support staff, which aims to develop trained and professional staff. A lifetime cap of $6,000 for career funds for each employee has been amended to allow $1,500 per employee per year without a lifetime cap.
In the teachers` agreement, a new 22-level scale of 2.5% between levels has been created and teachers are benefiting from a level increase as part of this year`s agreement. The agreement also calls for a higher reimbursement of tuition fees and additional compensation opportunities for extracurricular activities such as sports coaching and club advice. The WCTA and WCBOE negotiating teams have signed an interim agreement effective July 1, 2020, so that the ratification process begins. For more information, click HERE. Members must have registered an up-to-date personal email address at WCTA in order to vote. (The link is NOT emailed by WCPS.) If members need to update personal emails, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you have any questions, please contact Neil or Carlos. More information about MSEA about the “Learn More at Four” series can be found on the MSEA Facebook page and its resources for safe and healthy schools, including links to additional nea resources. If you have any questions or concerns, call WCTA! We are here to support our teachers and students! Click here to read the NEA statement on the murder of George Floyd. The WCTA`s annual Restaurant of the Month club membership is open now for 2021. Download this form and send it back to Jamie Barrett by January 15 to get your name in the first drawing of the new year. Thank you! Click here for a number of resources from NEA and allied organizations on how to deal with racist and hateful acts; white supremacy; Talk about shopping in the classroom Helping children cope with a traumatic event teaching tolerance and acceptance.
“My heart and soul are heavy when we mourn another black man who was killed needlessly by a white policeman. We mourn with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray and the countless dead because they were black in America. It is not enough to deplore and condemn these acts. We must recognize and take a stand on the institutional racism and white privileges that exist in our state and in our country. This must include an end to the murder of black men, women and children by police officers who are sworn to protect us all or by white supremacists. WCTA is committed to public education and we have been working as an association since 1921 to ensure that educators and students receive the support they need to succeed. We hope that you will join us and commit to your support.