Article I - RECOGNITION
SUTA is the exclusive representative of all certificated employees of the district excluding Superintendents, Principals, Directors of Special Projects, Curriculum, Pupul Services, and Learning Directors. Unless they spend over half of the workday in the classroom, Deans, Resource Teachers, and Assistant Principals are also excluded.
Article II - NEGOTIATIONS PROCEDURES
Negotiations for successive contracts must begin no later than two months before the current contract is set to expire. Either party may use consultants, and negotiations are to be scheduled between release time and non-duty time. The Association team is comprised of five members.
Article III & IV - DISTRICT, MANAGEMENT, EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
Everybody retains all the rights granted to us by law.
Article V - ASSOCIATION RIGHTS
This article describes the rights of the Association as the representative of the certificated staff. Included are details of when and how Association representatives may contact members. By October 1st of each year, the Association agrees to notify the district in writing of the names of officers and site representatives. The District agrees to recognize each Thursday as a day for Association business. "Unit members who will be attending Association meetings will be released from work ten (10) minute after the end of the student day unless assigned after school supervision or other duties at the end of the day. The District shall conscientiously endeavor to refrain from scheduling events which will conflict with the provisions of this paragraph." (page 8-9)
Article VI - PROFESSIONAL DUES/PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS
This article is fairly self-explanatory but includes details for religious objections to professional dues and voluntary deductions for TSA's etc....
Article VII - GRIEVANCE
"A 'grievance' is a formal, written allegation by a unit member or the Association that there has been a violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement or law. A grievant may be any certificated employee of the District covered by the collective bargaining agreement, or the Association." (pg. 16)
This article goes on to explain the levels of grievance which range from the initial informal conference with the site administrator to options of mediation and arbitration. The key thing in the grievance procedures is to remember that there is a timeline which must be followed by both sides in order for a grievance to be valid. The Association is available to represent members in the processing of their grievances, however members are not required to use the Association as their representative. "Class Grievances" may be filed when one set of circumstances or occurrences affects more than one grievant.