May is a joyous month as we can finally say the contract has been approved by all 9 school boards! May is also when we are completing testing, checking off the lists for year-end duties, and helping students finish strong. Testing, although arduous, allows teachers to forge new friendships and connections. We support one another and find strength together.
Wednesday - June 6, 2018
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Come ask questions and
learn more about the implementation of the contract
End of Year Member Survey
Please take a few moments to complete the 2017-18 CVEU Member Survey. As you know, CVEU will have the opportunity to re-open three contract articles next year. Make your voice heard by letting us know your top three issues that you would like to see CVEU address at the bargaining table next school year. Thank you for participating.
The Calendar for the 2018-2019 School Year has changed to reflect an adjusted start date of Friday, Aug. 10 for teachers, with students returning Thursday, Aug. 23.
We now have 5 non-student work days in between Semester 1 and Semester 2.
This year’s school calendar has also been adjusted following the ratification of our CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement). Our new end date for this school year will be June 22nd instead of June 29th.
Your CVEU Board is continuing to work hard on your behalf! We will be meeting in the summer to focus our energy on what our members need and want. For now, please help us with planning for the next school year by answering our brief End of Year Member Survey.
Where Can Members Find Answers?
You may be facing an issue that requires input from the union. Or maybe you have a question that isn’t answered in our FAQ’s or by reading through the contract. In these cases, please do not hesitate to reach out to your union rep - https://cveu.weebly.com/contact.html. As members, you are no longer alone! Our CVEU network is here to support you! Please reference the following flow chart in order to get answers or help from CVEU.
Fixed vs Flex Teaching Hours
You may have a question regarding the new definition of teaching hours according to our newly ratified CBA. Now that the contract is in place, you have the freedom to decide whether or not to reduce the number of live teaching hours. As professionals, we know what our students need and we now have the freedom to decide how best to arrange the time spent supporting them. Fixed hours are spent in live sessions online with direct instruction, many departments will have a schedule they ask teachers to follow for fixed teaching hours. This is most of what you probably already do with your live teaching hours in Blackboard. The contract outlines the minimum amount of hours required for each grade span for teachers with Homeroom students. Flex teaching hours are a little harder to define. These include any task which directly supports student learning. These hours can be spent online in live sessions or can be pre-recorded session which provide instruction. They can be spent supporting families through phone calls or emails where students are supported or by providing meaningful feedback on assignments. There are many possibilities. If you’re not sure whether an activity would qualify under flex hours, ask yourself this question, “Will my students be supported in their learning through this activity?” If the answer is yes, chances are good that it will qualify as flex hours. Here’s a visual aid to help you determine the difference in those teaching hours.
For members without homeroom students, your hours will also be a mixture of fixed and flex hours because according to the contract (Workday 11.3), your 25 hours of support each week will be a mixture of direct student support through, a version of GE fixed hours, and asynchronous support (flex time). Special Ed teachers will also be able to include IEP prep, attendance, and student assessment as part of their flex time. A clearer picture of what this means for your specific department is in the works and should be available to you by next school year.
If you’ve decided to alter your teaching schedule to accommodate for more flex hours, please follow this procedure;
Process for changing teaching hours
Questions and Answers
Question: I’m not sure that my salary is correct in the email I received from HR, or it doesn’t match what is showing on Insperity?
For salary issues that are not resolved please complete this survey and contact your rep right away: https://goo.gl/forms/PE345qJYl5SqDftg1
Question: How does retro pay work?
Answer: Find how much you will be making this year on the salary schedule (teacher salary schedule) (Support Salary schedule) then minus how much you are making now.
There are a few caveats, your stipend is not included in your current pay and they will only be looking at the salary you have accumulated this year compared to the salary you should have accumulated this year, also taxes will be applied. You will then get that in two checks, one soon after we ratify the contract and another at the end of the school year. We do not have exact dates for this at the moment. Step one is to approve the contract!
Question: When is the last day of school?
Answer: June 22, 2018 is the last day of school this year for teachers.
Question: Will the shortened year effect the frequencies in which we receive checks?
Answer: No, we will still receive 22 paychecks, two every month with the exception on July. Insperity has a program that can help you set aside money for the month of July too.
Question: Who is my CVEU union rep?
Answer: You can find your union rep here.
Question: Where can I find a copy of the CBA (contract)?
Answer: The contract is posted on SharePoint under Union Communications. Check the recent announcements section.
If you have any questions or comments please email your rep or firstname.lastname@example.org
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