How and when are salaries negotiated in MPCSD?
Collective Bargaining for salaries and working conditions is state mandated for all public school districts. Balanced decisions that take into account a district’s needs and ability to pay, as well as an understanding of what the market demands, are a primary function of an elected school board informed by accurate and timely information prepared by district staff.
The district has a legal obligation to “bargain in good faith” with the recognized representatives unless the representatives waive their right to bargain. Outside of a waiver of the right to bargain, refusing to negotiate is an illegal, unfair labor practice that violates the state EERA law. The good faith bargaining obligation requires the district to consider and exchange proposals in an effort to reach agreement, even if the end result might be a zero salary increase.
MPCSD includes two collective bargaining units--certificated and classified.
- Certificated includes those employees that require a particular certificate or credential to serve in their position. While principals, superintendents, counselors, psychologists, etc. are all certificated, only teachers are part of the collective bargaining unit for certificated staff. For details visit the CSEA Employment & Contract page.
- Classified includes those employees that don’t require a special certificate (although specialized training is often necessary) to serve in their positions. While classified managers are all considered classified, only administrative assistants, custodians, grounds crew, bus drivers, aides, and IT staff are part of the collective bargaining unit for classified staff. For details visit the MPEA Employment & Contract page.
Historically, MPCSD has negotiated salaries with its two collective bargaining units on an annual basis. The units may bargain and ultimately agree on no salary increase; however, the expectation to bargain never ceases, and the timing of an agreement is also a function of the negotiation process.
Over the past decade, MPCSD teachers' negotiated salary increases have averaged 2.4% per year, about the same pace as inflation. Over the last two years, teachers received a total salary increase of 2.5%, or 1.25% per year. The board negotiates salaries based on competitive considerations -- what salaries are necessary to attract and retain high-quality teachers. In order to address the challenges of the tightening job market and to ensure the most accurate and timely information is provided both to the Board and to the public, the MPCSD Board is establishing a Compensation and Retention Committee.