MEA Has Members Covered

Don’t be fooled by imitators who offer liability coverage only. Last year alone 17 members faced false allegations of child abuse requiring legal representation for criminal investigations (CPS), for defense of certificate (DOE) as well as for district investigations (OPS).  In the last decade, there have been 0 members requiring liability coverage.

When it comes to coverage MEA along with its affiliates, FEA, AFT and NEA, has members covered in all areas of job related issues including legal, and it’s all included in the price of your dues.

Coverage includes but is not limited to:

  • Allegations of child abuse resulting in criminal charges
  • Ethics charges referred to the Department of Education
  • Questions of competency reflecting on job performance
  • Representation in disputes with school level administration
  • High dollar liability coverage

In addition, members have the benefit of:

  • An outstanding legal team with over 75 years of aggregate experience and a staff of full time attorneys who deal exclusively with members’ legal issues.
  • A network of labor lawyers throughout the state
  • MEA officers and staff to guide members through the process
  • No limitations on fees, hours or nature of the case

 

 

 

2021-2022 Negotiations

January 25, 2022

Notice

of

Teacher and Paraprofessional Ratification Voting

on

Tentative Agreements 2021-2022

 

Voting will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022

and will end at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022.

 

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The ratification votes will take place by electronic ballot.

 

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Voting instructions will be sent by email to each member of the teacher and paraprofessional bargaining units.  The tentative agreements will be posted at your school and are posted below:
PDF icon para_ratification_documents_2021-22.pdf
PDF icon teacher_ratification_documents_2021-22.pdf

In addition, teachers and paraprofessionals were sent all of the tentative agreements on the respective contracts electronically.
 

If you have any questions, please contact MEA at 747-5091 or via email at association@manateeschools.net.


January 13, 2022

Tentative Agreements Reached

The bargaining teams of the Manatee Education Association and the District met to discuss para and teacher contracts on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

After negotiating for several hours, the teams were able to reach tentative agreement on the teacher and para contracts.

Highlights of the Teacher Tentative Agreements are as follows:

 - Base salary increases to $47,500 (Grandfathered Schedule)/$47,500 (Performance Schedule) using the funds provided in the state Teacher Salary Increase Allocation

- Teachers on the Grandfathered schedule receive a 4 (four)-level increase; those on the Performance schedule who were rated highly effective receive 4 (four)-level increase and effective receive 3 (three)-level increase

- Master’s Degree supplement increases to $1200

- Longevity for teachers who completed 16 years ($2,100)/25 years ($3,600) in Manatee County last year

-  Supplemental/Differential pay will increase across the board by 10%

- Credit for teaching experience will increase from 8 years to 10 years

Highlights for the Paraprofessional Tentative Agreements are as follows:

- 1 (one) step movement on the salary schedule for eligible paraprofessionals (those who worked 99 days or more last year)

- 2% to paraprofessionals at the top of the schedule

- $0.50 per hour increase applied to each step of the salary schedule

- Steps 1-5 on the Aides schedule will be increased to $13.45 per hour

Teachers and Paraprofessionals

All teachers and paraprofessionals who did not receive the $1,000 bonus from the Governor/Legislature will receive a $1,000 retention bonus.

For both contracts all current contract language including health insurance premiums continues until 2022-2023 negotiations.

All salary improvements are retroactive to July 1, 2021.

Next Steps

Salary schedules and other details including information regarding teacher and paraprofessional voting on ratification of the tentative agreements will be coming out soon.

Then, the School Board will place the agreements on their agenda for ratification.


December 2, 2021 - On Wednesday, December 1st, the MEA and management bargaining teams met to continue negotiating for the 2021-2022 contracts for teachers and paraprofessionals. There have still been no agreements reached but significant progress was made towards agreement.

Management responded to MEA’s proposals on salary increases for teachers and paraprofessionals as well as proposals on payroll deductions for benefits, credit for experience on the teacher salary schedule and payment for no sub. Discussions continued about supplements, credit on the para salary schedule and paraprofessional positions that are difficult to fill.

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November 18, 2021 - On the evening of November 17, 2021 MEA and management bargaining teams met.  There have been no agreements reached at this point. MEA responded to management’s proposals on payroll deductions for benefits and credit for experience on the teacher salary schedule.  MEA presented an opening proposal on salary increases for teachers and paraprofessionals. In addition, MEA presented a proposal for payment for when a substitute is not available. Discussions continued about credit on the para salary schedule and paraprofessional positions that are difficult to fill.

The next bargaining session will be held December 1, 2021.

PDF icon bargaining_111721.pdf


November 2, 2021 - MEA and management bargaining teams met for the first bargaining session of the 2021-2022 school year on the evening of November 1, 2021. The scope of bargaining was discussed in that this is a full book. The District had issues that they wanted explored and are open for negotiations. Issues included a district budget update as reported to the school board, credit for experience on the teacher salary schedule, payroll deductions for benefits and paraprofessional issues related to positions difficult to fill in the para bargaining unit.

MEA requested additional data pertaining to all these issues.

Members of the MEA bargaining team include - Pat Barber (MEA), Linda Bryan-Beachler (Freedom), Kara Carney (Rogers Garden Bullock), Helen King (Bayshore Elementary), Brian Kirchberg (Braden River High), Melanie Newhall (Kinnan), Bruce Proud (Chief Negotiator), Marlyce Stringer (Tillman), Jon Syre (King), and Dawn Walker (MEA).

District bargaining team members include Tim Bargeron (SSC), Dan Evans (SSC), Wendy Mungillo (SSC), Bill Vogel (Chief Negotiator) and Doug Wagner (SSC).

The next bargaining session will be held December 1, 2021.

The minutes will be posted here on the MEA website once approved by both bargaining teams.

PDF icon bargaining_110121.pdf

Mask Mandate with Optional Opt Out Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

August 17, 2021 – Click on the link below to read a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which reflects the working conditions under the Mask Mandate with the Optional Opt Out which was voted on by the School Board on August 16, 2021. 

PDF icon 2021-2022maskmandatewithoptoutoptionsigned.pdf

21-22 Referendum Revenue and Expenditure Summary

August 6, 2021 - Click on the following link to read the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County regarding what the referendum supplement will be for the 2021-2022 school year. The referendum supplement payment will begin on the August 27, 2021 paycheck.

2021-2022referendummousigned.pdfPDF icon

 

2021-2022 Teacher/Paraprofessional Reopening of Schools

August 6, 2021 - Click on the following link to read the Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Manatee Education Association and the School District of Manatee County regarding what the working conditions will be for the reopening of schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

2021-2022reopeningmousigned.pdfPDF icon

Amended Memorandum of Understanding - Millage Referendum for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

The amended referendum clarifies how much of teachers' outside the student day planning time management may use for meetings.

PDF icon mougrievanceresolutionref.pdf