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President's Message

VUTA members,

Greetings. I hope this letter finds each of you well. As teachers, our job is challenging, but also rewarding. This VUTA update is meant to keep you informed of our progress as a District and as a Teachers Union and to give us a look forward at upcoming issues.

VUTA News

VUTA will be communicating the Articles of our Collective Bargaining Agreement we wish to open and bargain this year. A Bargaining Survey will be coming out shortly to ask members what priorities they have in bargaining with the District.

VUTA elections are upcoming. All of the positions that are even numbered are up for election. Three officer positions will be elected: Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer. Also we will have the following Board of Director seats elected by division: Division 2 (Mountain View, Golden Oak, Mineral King), Division 4 (Crowley, Highland, Houston, Shannon Ranch), Division 6 (Redwood), Division 8 (Golden West), Division 10 (Divisadero, La Joya), Division 12 (El Diamante), Division 14 (Four Creeks, Fairview, Oak Grove, Manuel F. Hernandez)

VUTA upcoming seminars will be held on Member Benefits and STRS Retirement (Advanced). Dates and times will be coming soon.

Please let me know about any issues you are having. The Union is here to assist you with working conditions as well as improving learning conditions for students. Remember, you are fantastic. Your dedication is appreciated and YOU are the program!!

Greg Price, VUTA President

Announcements

Tentative Agreement on 2016-17 Contract

Colleagues,

Our Bargaining Team has met with the VUSD Bargaining Team over the last month. We are pleased to announce that we have come to a Tentative Agreement with the District. There will be a more formal joint announcement with the informational packet coming next week.
The purpose of this letter is to inform Bargaining Unit Members and Association Members of the timeline for ratification. The schedule will be as follows:

1) Tuesday, May 31st - Informational Packet will be emailed to all VUSD teachers

2) Wednesday, June 1st – Informational meetings will be held in the VUSD Board Room at 7:00am and 4:00 pm. 2 printed Informational Packets will be delivered to each site with ballots

3) Wednesday, June 1st through Friday, June 3rd – Balloting will take place.

4) Friday, June 3rd at 3:30pm - Balloting Ends.

5) Monday, June 6th at 12:00pm – Ballots due in the VUTA office.

6) Monday, June 6th at 12:30pm – Ballots counted and will of the membership shall be affirmed.

If any Bargaining Unit Member would like a printed copy of the Tentative Agreement, please call Becky at 730-7995. You will need to pick up the copy at the VUTA office – 244 W. Caldwell, Visalia, CA. Copies of the Tentative Agreement will be available Wednesday, June 1st after school
A special thank you goes out to all Bargaining Team members. Our lead negotiator was Harry Buckner who did a fabulous job. The team all contributed to lively discussion and advocacy for teacher working conditions. Your VUTA Bargaining Team – Harry Buckner, Traci Clevenger, Ricardo Florez, Courtenay Frisch, Lorena Garcia, and John McCaw.

A thank you to all of the VUSD teachers. Your dedication and work with our students is appreciated!!

Greg Price
VUTA President
559-799-5455

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