Negotiation Update - January 2012

BFT’s Bargaining Team: Cathy Campbell, Tracey Iglehart, Dale Long, Cynthia Allman, Marcela Taylor, Denise Milner, Ed Wang

Meet the BFT Negotiations Team

President Cathy Campbell will lead the team and serve as chief negotiator. Other members include BFT Vice President and Rosa Parks kindergarten teacher Tracey Iglehart, BFT Treasurer and King CDC teacher Dale Long, BFT Secretary and Malcolm X first grade teacher Cynthia Allman, BHS Spanish and English Language Development teacher Marcela Taylor, Willard Middle School sixth grade teacher and site rep Denise Milner and CFT field representative Ed Wang.

The current contract is in effect through June 30th. Negotiations are expected to begin in March.

Take the Online BFT Negotiations Survey

Come to the General Membership Meeting Thursday, February 2

This meeting will focus on negotiations and BUSD budget issues. Get the latest info about the state of education finances and tell the negotiations team your views and priorities. Meet in the Berkeley Adult School multipurpose room (1701 San Pablo at Virginia) from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2nd.

The BFT Negotiations team needs your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the Negotiations Survey and share your priorities before February 6th. The survey is quick and easy and will give the team valuable information. You should have received an email from BFT with a link to Survey Monkey. If you did not receive the link please call (549-2307) or email (bft4tchr@lmi.net) the BFT office. Feel free to email BFT with any issues you want to see addressed in negotiations.

Berkeley Experiences of Mid-Year Cut of $600,000

Due to the mid-year cuts prescribed by the state legislature BUSD will receive $600,000 less state revenue than expected in this school year. Despite these cuts that are causing extreme hardship in other school districts, BUSD will not need to make any significant mid-year reductions to program or staffing. The impact of this 2011-2012 cut, and the Governor's proposed 2012-2013 state budget, on BUSD's 2012-2013 budget is not yet clear.

Mark Your Calendar for March 1st Day of Action!

Educators, students and families from pre-K through college will converge across California on March 1st to defend public education and support initiatives to tax the richest 1%. Look for details coming soon.