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Teachers' Negotiations Campaign

 

FAQ’S
 
Q:  When does the current contract expire?
 
A:  November 6, 2011
 
Q:  When does Negotiations begin?
 
A:  We have tried to start since January 2011 but the Board has only agreed to start on Sept. 2nd.
 
Q:  Why is the Contract important to Teachers?
 
A:  It is all that protects teachers professionalism, the number of duty days per year, personal days, class sizes, transfers, hours of work and ensuring that teachers have a voice in the educational process.
 
Q:  Why is the Teacher’s contract important to parents?
 
A:  The “contract” has protected the quality of public education since 1970 by ensuring that students have high quality teachers with reasonable class sizes.
 
Q:  If the “contract” is so important for the quality of education our students receive why would anyone want to change it?
 
A:  Hopefully, we will be able to work together to improve education by instituting better systems and better accountability but our greatest fear is that they will try to balance the budget on the backs of our children by increasing class sizes which is the number one thing affecting the quality of education a student receives.

 

 

Teacher Contract FAQ’s
 
Q. Is the Contract in place?
A. Technically no.  Even though the GEB voted to extend the current agreement the Chair Francis Santos refuses to sign the extension.  Even if he does it must then be signed by the AG and the Gov.
 
Q. What does that mean to teachers?
A. Nothing really changes.  As long as negotiations have not reached an impasse then all of the working conditions in the current contract remain the same.
 
Q. Without a contract can I be fired at will?
A. No.  Adverse actions (firing, suspensions etc) are set by law and thus have never been in the teachers’ contract. Henceforth, nothing has changed.
 
Q. What do I do if the Principal orders me to do something in violation of my contract?
A. The same thing that you should always do.  Get the order in writing, comply and grieve.  The law makes it illegal for Public Employees to refuse an order unless it is patently illegal or would cause immediate harm or danger to yourself or someone else.
 
Q. How do I file a grievance now?
A. Once again, nothing has changed.  The Grievance procedure in the contract is exactly the same as the one in Rules and regs.  The only difference is that the CSC refuses to hear contract grievances so the procedure in the contract stopped with the Superintendent.  Now the final step is with the CSC.
 
Q. Has this situation ever happened before?
A. Yes.  When Governor Camacho took office the exact same thing happened.  There was an anti-teacher school board and a Governor that refused to negotiate in good faith so the contract was technically expired from 2003 to 2006 when Gov. Camacho was up for re-election. 
 
Q. How do we win a new and better contract?
A. The same way we always have, through the organized effort of our members and their families.  GFT is in the process of developing a campaign so that teachers can explain to the Governor, the GEB and the Public how important their jobs are and what they actually do.  Only a teacher understands what the job really entails.

 

The Board shall appoint a negotiating team to handle negotiations between the DOE and any exclusive bargaining unit representing teachers and other support staff for collective bargaining agreements.  The Board shall have the authority to render final approval on behalf of the DOE for such agreements. 4GCA Chapter 3

 
NEGOTIATION MEETING SCHEDULE
Mondays at the DOE Conference Room 4pm

 

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2012-01-06 January 6, 2012 Email from Robert Koss holding off contract negotiations until February 6, 2012 Mr. Koss sent a letter to President Rector asking to hold off contract negotiations until February 6, 2012 due to the Untalan Middle School move, fiscal austerity affecting DOE and the pending litigation the GFT is facing. star_blue.png none 50
2012-01-06 January 6, 2012 Email from President Rector in response to Mr. Koss' letter President Rector responded to Robert Koss' letter asking to hold off negotiations until February 6. President Rector explained that there are no pending issues that would impede negotiations. Due to the time constraints and limited progress, the Union does not agree to this further delay. The Union will be ready to negotiate on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 4pm as previously agreed. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-21 October 21, 2011: Barry Mead emailed President Rector to resume negotiations on Monday, October 24 Barry Mead suggested to meet on Monday, October 24, 2011 from 4-6pm at the DOE Conference room to continue negotiations. He suggests to begin with a review of the ground rules, some discussion and clarifications and a set meeting schedule. He mentioned that the GEB team is limited to meeting on Mondays only. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-21 October 21, 2011: President Rector responds to Barry Mead's email accepting to confirm negotiations on Monday, October 24 President Rector agrees to resume negotiations on Monday, October 24th at the DOE Conference room 4pm. President Rector also notes that ground rules can be amended by mutual consent. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-19 October 19, 2011: Members, parents and students voice concerns at the GEB Meeting, Board votes to extend current contract until Teachers, parents and students were highly encouraged to attend the last board meeting before the current teachers' contract expires on November 6, 2011. Hundreds came out and explained to board members the frustrations on the current negotiations as well as other concerns of teachers, students and even parents. Board voted to extend contract until August 2012. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-13 October 13, 2011: Email from Barry Mead in regards to use of Inafa'Maolek Barry Mead emailed President Rector asking what fee Inafa'Maolek would be charging. He also is questioning Inafa'Maolek's abilities to handle this case due to the fact that they have not handled union negotiations. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-13 October 13, 2011: President Rector emailed Barry Mead & Robert Koss to settle decision on Mediator President Rector emailed Barry Mead & Robert Koss informing them that GFT would like to get back to the Negotiating Table as soon as possible therefore withdrawing GFT's objections to have an assistant AG acting as Mediator. To summarize: 1. GFT accepts DOE's Negotiating Team's choice of an Assistant AG to act as Mediator 2. GFT will negotiate any any time DOE's team chooses 3. GFT will negotiate any any place DOE's team chooses 4. GFT is ready to continue as soon as possible star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-12 October 12, 2011: Email from Inafa Maolek Inafa'Maolek emailed President Rector indicating forms and fee schedule for use of the services as Mediator. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-12 October 12, 2011: President Rector emailed Barry Mead regarding Inafa'Maolek President Rector informs Barry Mead that should both sides agree to use Inafa'Maolek as Mediator, GFT will pay for the first session then the next will be DOE, etc. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-07 October 7, 2011: President Rector responds to Barry Mead's email regarding mediators President Rector thanks the GEB for utilizing local mediators but unfortunately does not accept the suggestions for the following reasons: 1. Both private attorneys that you listed have worked for the GFT in the past and we believe that this would be a conflict of interest. 2. We don’t believe that anyone from the Public Defender’s office can be involved as it would be a violation of their charter. 3. We don’t believe that anyone from the Attorney General’s office can legally act in the capacity of Mediator because they are not a neutral third party. By Statute they are the legal representatives for the Government of Guam, including GEB which once again leads to a conflict of interest. Therefore we are trying to compose a list of possible mediators, but in order to accelerate this process we request the following information: 1. Private attorneys work for approximately $250+ per hour. Does the GEB have the authorization to expend this kind of money? We would need proof of authorization for the expenditure of these funds. GEB/DOE does not have a very good track record of paying their bills in a timely manner, at least not to teachers or the GFT. 2. Would you be opposed to using a non-attorney to mediate? 3. Would you be opposed to using a mediator from Inafa’ Maolek? We have attempted to contact them but have not had any response yet. We are working as rapidly as possible to compile a list of people that would be willing to act as a mediator that is acceptable to both sides and we encourage you to continue your efforts as well. star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-06 October 6, 2011: Barry Mead emailed President Rector a list of possible candidates to act as a mediator Possible candidates as mediators suggested by the GEB: 1. Robert Klitzkie, private attorney 2. Dan Somerfleck, private attorney 3. Robert Weinberg, public defender 4. Donna Lawrence, Asst. AG 5. Pat Mason, Asst. AG 6. John Weisenburger, Asst. AG 7. John Quan, Asst AG star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-05 October 5, 2011: President Rector emailed GEB responding to Barry Mead's ultimatum for GFT President Matt Rector emailed the GEB a letter responding to Barry Mead's ultimatum to GFT's negotiating team. President Rector's letter informed them of this bullying tactic and the critical issues associated with it. See letter under applicable documents star_blue.png none 50
2011-10-03 October 3, 2011: Barry Mead presented ultimatum to GFT's negotiating team Barry Mead presented an ultimatum to GFT's negotiating team which attempted to justify the GEB's team walk out. View ultimatum under Applicable Documents star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-30 September 30, 2011 email from President Rector to the GEB and their negotiating team President Rector emailed the GEB & their negotiating team concerns about the last negotiating session. At the last negotiation session the GEB's team refused to continue unless the GFT sign a confidentiality agreement & remove the GEB's contract proposal from GFT website. GFT does not consider this proper for the following reasons: -ground rules do not prohibit the GFT from sharing the GEB's proposals with the teachers that will have to live under this contract -the 117 page document presented by the GEB's team contains a vast amount of new language and new ideas. Not only would we be remiss if we didn't ask for our members' input but it would seriously delay the ratification process if our members had to wait until the last minute to digest 117 pages of new contract language -not only was it agreed that all negotiating sessions would be open to the public but the open government prohibits us from keeping these things secret. President Rector also responded to the GEB's team inferring that the GFT Team was acting in Bad Faith by not amending the Ground rules to include a confidentiality agreement. President Rector responded that this is highly inappropriate and that both sides need to mutually agree to amending Ground rules. The GFT team remiss to agree anything we is considered a violation of the law and the public trust. President Rector concludes his email by asking to get back to the negotiating table on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 4pm in the Price Elementary School library. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-30 September 30, 2011 email response from Barry Mead in regards to President Rector's email of concerns pertaining to the last nego Barry Mead, board member, responds to President Rector's email and agrees to get back to the negotiating table on Monday, October 3, 2011. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-28 September 28, 2011: GFT submits contract proposals Article I, II, III, IV, VII, XI Contract proposals available to view under Applicable documents star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-22 September 22, 2011 Negotiation update The board presented their offer of a contract last night (Wednesday, September 21, 2011) star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-16 September 16, 2011 Email from President Rector to DOE Negotiating Team & Members regarding delay of negotiations President Rector responded to Robert Koss' email regarding the delay of negotiations on Friday September 16, Monday September 19 & Tuesday September 20. President Rector informed the GEB team that the delay is unacceptable due to the Board's strict timeline to conclude negotiations and clearly violates the ground rules. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-16 September 16, 2011 Email from Robert Koss regarding delay in negotiations Robert Koss emailed President Rector advising him that the GEB will resume negotiations on Wednesday, September 21. GEB Team will caucus on Friday September 16, Monday September 19 and Tuesday September 21 to prepare counter proposals. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-15 September 15, 2011 Negotiations' Update Negotiation schedule: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 4pm to 8pm at DOE Ground Rules: (How negotiations will be conducted) Ground Rules were finally agreed to by both sides. The Board’s team attempted to keep the Teachers team from informing Teachers and parents of what was happening in negotiations but we refused to be gagged. This contract is to important to Teachers, students and parents for them not to know what is being talked about. Henceforth all negotiations sessions are being recorded and can be listened to on the GFT website. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-12 September 12, 2011 Negotiations' Update Negotiations began with a rocky start when the Board stated that they refused to negotiate the most important things in our contract: Class sizes, Teachers working conditions, duty hours and responsibilities. Specific Articles that the Board refuses to negotiate so that they can unilaterally order: 5A1: Specifies teachers’ lunch and break must be at least 60minutes but no more than 75mins. 5A2: Protects teachers’ professional status. Thus teachers could be ordered to do lunch duty, bus duty, janitorial duties, hall duty etc. 5B1,2,3,4,6 and 7: Sets the max hours of school operations, teachers max instructional load, teachers work hours, elementary teachers prep time and breaks. Without these the board can mandate that teachers are at school for 12 hours a day with no breaks and can be forced to teach for 100 hours a week. 5B9: Takes away the autonomy of schools to choose what type of schedule they think would be best for their students, with teacher input. 5B12 Class Sizes: The class size maximums set forth in the teachers contract have ensured for over 40 years that no matter how badly things in the system are screwed, the number one thing affect students learning results was protected: Student to teacher ratios. Without these protections in the contract the Board can arbitrarily raise class sizes in order to eliminate teachers and save money at our students’ expense. Imagine 50 students per class. 5H9 Grading of pupils: This specifies when grades are due (4 days after end of qtr). Without this reasonable timeline grades can be demanded at any time. star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-06 September 6, 2011 Negotiation meeting star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-02 September 2, 2011 First Negotiation meeting star_blue.png none 50
2011-09-01 September 1, 2011, President Rector responded to Board member Barry Mead's email regarding librarians & stated GFT' action on th President Rector emailed Barry Mead (At Large officers & DOE Chair; Cc’d Interim Superintendent, Board members, & DOE EEO) and stated the board’s motion to suspend collective bargaining with the GFT is illegal. Rector informed Mead that the GFT filed an unfair labor practice regarding that motion. President Rector attached an original copy of GFT’s exclusive recognition for DOE Teachers. Rector also responded to Mead’s question regarding GFT having exclusive recognition for librarians. Rector informed Mead that Librarians are officially classified as multimedia coordinators. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-27 August 27, 2011, Board member Barry Mead emailed President Rector requesting for exclusive recognition on librarians and support Barry Mead emailed GFT At-Large Officers and DOE Chair to provide a copy of the Exclusive Recognition for GDOE Librarians and Support Staff. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-26 August 26, 2011, Board member Barry Mead emailed President Rector confirming new time, date and place for the 1st meeting Barry Mead emailed GFT Officers accepting to meet on September 2nd at 6:30pm to begin Negotiations. The meeting will establish meeting times and the number of people that will make up for each team. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-24 August 24 ,2011, President Rector responded to Board member Barry Mead's email regarding team member names & 1st meeting President Rector emailed Barry Mead in response to Mead’s request as to who the Union’s negotiating team members are. Rector listed a number of reasons as to why this request does not follow the law. Rector also proposed to meet at 6:30pm on September 2nd at the DOE conference room. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-24 August 24 ,2011 DOE EEO Robert Koss emailed President Rector the 1st meeting time, place and date Robert Koss emailed President Rector (Cc’d GFT Officers and Barry Mead) that the board room is reserved from 4-6pm on Friday, September 2nd for Contract Negotiations. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-24 August 24, 2011, President Rector emailed DOE EEO Robert Koss requesting to change the time of the 1st meeting President Rector emailed Robert Koss in response to the first meeting for contract negotiations requesting to change the time from 4-6pm to 6-8pm. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-24 August 24, 2011, DOE EEO Robert Koss responded to President Rector's email regarding change of meeting time Robert Koss emailed President Rector in response to the request to change the meeting time. Mr. Koss informed him to standby as he needs to obtain feedback from the team before committing to the change of time. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-23 Email correspondence from Board member Barry Mead Board member, Barry Mead, emailed President Matt Rector (Cc: Robert Koss, Tim Fedenko, James Lujan, Sanjay Sharma,Neeti Prakash) to provide the names of GFT team members. Also informed the start date needs to be moved to September 2nd and that the first meeting will be the establishment of ground rules, training on the IBB process and to schedule the dates to meet. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-23 August 23, 2011, Board member Barry Mead emailed President Rector for team member names Barry Mead emailed President Rector to provide the names of team members for negotiations and to meet on September 2nd. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-08 August 8, 2011, DOE EEO Robert Koss emailed President Rector regarding the Teachers' Chief Negotiator Robert Koss emailed President Rector to confirm his position as Chief Negotiator for the Teachers’ Contract negotiations. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-05 August 5, 2011, DOE EEO Robert Koss emailed President Rector asking info on the Teachers' Negotiation team Robert Koss emailed President Rector asking to provide names and contact information of the Employees’ Chief Negotiator for the Teachers contract in response to President Rector’s email sent on August 4 asking to meet prior to September 1st to establish ground rules, meeting times and places. star_blue.png none 50
2011-08-03 August 3, 2011, DOE EEO Robert Koss emailed President Rector asking for GFT's Exclusive Recognition Robert Koss emailed President Rector to submit documents stating that the GFT have Exclusive Recognition for DOE Teachers. star_blue.png none 50
2011-06-16 June 16, 2011, Superintendent Underwood sent President Rector a letter regarding board's position on negotiations Superintendent Underwood sent President Rector a letter informing him of the current Board’s position on the upcoming negotiations. The letter also stated that should the negotiations not be concluded by November 6, 2011, the board has no intention of renewing or extending the current contract. star_blue.png none 50
2011-04-22 President Rector sent GEPB Chairman Francis Santos a letter regarding negotiations President Matt Rector sent Guam Education Policy Board Chairman, Francis Santos, a letter asking him to begin the process of negotiations for the teachers’ contract. President Rector also asked that he place the DOE Support Staff CBA on top of his agenda. star_blue.png none 50
2011-01-11 Reply Letter From Superintendant DoE requested to postpone the initial meeting to allow the GEB to officially meet. star_blue.png none 50
2011-01-11 Letter from Superintendent Underwood on January 11, 2011 Superintendent Nerissa Bretania Underwood sent President Rector a letter thanking him for the notification regarding GFT’s intent to begin negotiations on collective bargaining for DOE teachers. Underwood informed Rector that DOE’s negotiating team will be unable to meet on January 13 to cover the ground rules. Underwood suggested waiting until the new board officially meets. star_blue.png none 50