After many months of hard bargaining, Local 21 Berkeley Unified School District chapter has reached a new contract. L21 ultimately won its organized District employees a 4% raise from the District, retroactive to July of 2015, and an additional 1% towards healthcare with no concessions. The reopener specifically relates to compensation and healthcare.
The majority of the bargaining units represented by other unions at the District had settled months before, but unfortunately, at the start of bargaining, BUSD was not willing to take the same approach with Local 21, demanding that we take significant concessions in vacation in order to get the same economic package the other units received.
L21 members ratified this agreement last week and we are all very excited to wrap this first round of bargaining up before the holidays.