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05
Sep

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Nicholas Dix and I just returned from a special School Board meeting where our
new Contract was sun-shined to the public and the Board took action to approve
it. Nicholas and I both made public comments letting the Board know that we look
forward to working with the District to make sure our future benefits reflect
the high quality that we currently enjoy with our POS plan. We thanked the Board
for holding the special meeting so that we don't miss the payroll deadlines and
our salaries will reflect the 6% raise on our October 1st paychecks.

Thanks to everyone who voted. We had about 50% of our members participate. As we
look to the future, we will be asking for greater participation in the many
things we do as a union.

In Unity,
Kimberly Claytor

 
19
Aug
Written by Administrator

Dear Colleagues,

We have reached with the District a 3-year successor agreement.

If you are a Member of NMFT (not a service-fee payer), you will receive a
ratification ballot with voting instructions by U.S. Mail at the home address on
file with the NMFT Thursday, August 21, 2014. Below is the Tentative Agreement
for your review prior to voting on the contract.

Please return ballot by mail no later than Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

In Unity,
Kimberly Claytor

 Click here for the 2014-2017 Tentative Agreement

Tentative Agreement Q&A Meeting, August 27, 2014 at 4pm at the N-MFT Office.

 
18
Jul
Written by Administrator

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Update: The District has accepted 6 of the 15 additional days offered up for
negotiations in addition to adding four hours to our July 28th bargaining
session (see below); so, we should be in good shape to complete the process. We
may also be able to add another date in August pending availability of the
District's new team member, Spencer Covert. We continue to negotiate for salary,
benefits, and the working conditions spelled out in other articles and
appendixes of our contract with the District.

Monday, July 28
9-12
(already on calendar)

Monday, July 28
9-4
(adds to 4pm)

Thursday, July 31
9-12
(already on calendar)

Checking on 8/7 or 8/8
9-4
(date pending)

Monday, August 11
9-4

Monday, August 18
9-4

Wednesday, August 27
9-4

Friday, August 29
1-4

Tuesday, September 2
3:45-6

Thursday, September 4
3:45-6

Please know that your union bargaining team has the best interest of our entire
bargaining unit in our hearts and minds as we continue the struggle throughout
the summer months.

We appreciate YOUR SUPPORT!! If you have questions about negotiations or any
other contract related issue, please do not hesitate to call us.

In Unity,
Kimberly Claytor

 
01
Jul
Written by Administrator

 

June 30, 2014

Sisters and Brothers,

N-MFT Bargaining team members, Jaymi Ropp, Jean Bain, Patrick DeVusser, Nicholas
Dix, and Kimberly Claytor met with NUMSD team members John Caldecott, John Drake
and Gloria Duncan.
Unfortunately, the District declined to extend today’s session beyond 12:30pm.

On a positive note, N-MFT brought a proposal to the District team to sign off on
the Employee Benefit Committee’s recommendation to accept an enhanced Dental HMO
benefits plan (compared to the current Dental HMO plan), a savings on the Dental
HMO premium (along with a rate cap for years 2 and 3), and a rate pass-through
on the current Dental PPO plan. The District and N-MFT signed an MOU to move
forward on these changes.

Unfortunately, the District cancelled our next scheduled negotiations date of
July 2, 2014; so, our next negotiation session is July 28, 2014. Moving forward,
the District will be sending attorney Spencer Covert to the negotiations table
for our remaining dates. We will continue to negotiate on salary, benefits, and
the other open contract articles at our future negotiations meetings.

One last thing, N-MFT has offered 15 more dates in August and September for
further negotiations session. We hope you are well and enjoying your summer.

In Unity,
Kimberly Claytor

 
17
Jun
Written by Administrator

 

June 11, 2014

Sisters and Brothers,

Thank You! Thank you for your support, informational picketing, and above all,
your voices at the School Board meeting last night! Some of you expressed your
needs for our POS Plan, your concerns regarding the lack of good-faith
bargaining of our District, and many of you eloquently stated you are feeling
the disrespect. All messages equally important, all messages equally valued.

A special thank-you to our RETIREES! Wow! What can we say? You support, you
speak to the history of our Union, and you continue to fight the fight! We
value, respect, and appreciate you!

We had an amazing turnout, but this fight is not over. We need to continue to be
present, be strong, and be united!

Here is what you need to know:

1. We had a Bargaining Session today. There has been no change in the District’s
position regarding Benefits. The District attempted to present the same terms,
which we have refused on your behalf. This does not mean we are unwilling to
continue negotiations on Health Benefits, but the District remains steadfast in
its campaign to force the HMO/PPO/Kaiser Option on our Bargaining Unit, rather
than responding to our proposals.

2. Our next Bargaining Session is scheduled for June 16, 2014.

3. As you close the year with grading, graduations, and boxing up rooms, know
that we will continue to negotiate throughout the summer (5 dates scheduled).
PLEASE continue to check your emails regarding the status of our contract and
your involvement in the Fight For A Fair Contract!

In Unity,
Kimberly Claytor

 
30
May
Written by Administrator

 

The N-MFT Bargaining Team met with the District's team this morning. The
District responded to our May 9, proposal as follows:

1. They said "NO" to our proposal that it increase the employer contribution
towards benefits.
2. There was no specific response to our proposal of a 6% across the board
salary increase for the 14-15 school year.
3. The District has indicated that it "has no plans to commit to salary and/or
benefit cap increases for future years of a multi-year contract."

The District did not fully convey the rationale for the positions it presented
in its two-page response to our May 9, 2014 counter-proposal. We explained to
the District that we would review their written proposal and respond to it in
writing in advance of our next bargaining session scheduled for June 11, 2014.

We are resolved to continue negotiating with the District in good faith and to
fight for a contract that demonstrates the respect we deserve through a
compensation package that exchanges our work for the benefits we need and the
raise we deserve. To date, the District has not made an offer that reflects its
appreciation for our hard work, dedication, loyalty, and years of sacrifice
during hard economic times.

Employees will not realize the full benefit of the District's current salary
offer unless it is also willing to increase its contribution towards benefits.
For the past four years, we have lost income because more has been deducted from
our paychecks to cover the increase in cost of benefits. All employees have
stood by the District through the darkest of times; and now that the District is
in a greatly improved financial position, we expect our share of this new found
prosperity.

We will not stand for a fair-weather friend relationship with the District. They
expect us to be partners in bad times and servants in good times! This fight is
about self-respect and dignity. You've earned the right to be in a full
partnership with the District. Your work has value and we must fight together
for the full benefit of that partnership. Those in charge of the purse-strings
in this district are being fully compensated for their work. Why shouldn't the
rest of us be fully compensated? A pat on the head is not compensation for work
when we need quality medical benefits and an increase in our paychecks to
support our families.

Respectfully Submitted,
Your Bargaining Team

 
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