AEA/ASD Contract Negotiations
A message from our Superintendent:
“We are grateful to our teachers for their unwavering dedication to our students. These are challenging times for all teachers across our country. From declining enrollment to implementing COVID-19 mitigation plans, our teachers confront new challenges head on. They do all this day in and day out while continuing to educate all students for success in life. We look forward to continuing our work with the Anchorage Education Association to ensure the best possible outcome where teachers will be supported and thrive.”
-Dr. Deena Bishop
Anchorage School District
AEA/ASD Bargaining Timeline and Highlights
Since March 3, 2021, the ASD and AEA bargaining teams have met a total of 37 times in bargaining for a successor agreement.
The teams first met on March 3, 2021 for the first of several meetings to discuss bargaining ground rules. Initial proposals were exchanged on April 14, 2021.
The teams have met on the following dates:
- March 3
- March 17
- March 26
- March 29
- April 7
- April 14
- April 21
- April 22
- April 28
- April 29
- May 5
- May 6
- May 13
- June 9
- June 10
- June 16
- June 23
- June 24
- August 25
- September 1
- September 9
- September 15
- September 16
- September 22
- September 29
- September 30
- October 6
- October 7
- October 13
- October 14
Proposals and Counterproposals Exchanged
As of November 10, 2021, the teams have exchanged 148 proposals and counterproposals.
As of November 10, 2021, the ASD and AEA teams bargaining the successor Negotiated Agreement have tentatively agreed to 78 of 92 articles. This total number of articles includes six new articles AEA has proposed to add to the agreement.
As of November 10, 2021, the teams continue negotiations on 14 of 92 contract articles.
The Anchorage School District (ASD) continues to bargain a negotiated agreement with the Anchorage Education Association (AEA) on behalf of ASD educators.
Last week, negotiations reached impasse which means ASD and AEA have agreed to engage the services of a federal mediator to help resolve the remaining issues in the negotiations. The primary remaining issue in the negotiation is the compensation package for educators, including health insurance.
To date, ASD has offered the following compensation package to AEA educators over the course of a three-year negotiated agreement:
- ASD educators would realize salary increases in each of three years in addition to the structural step and lane increases already received by most educators. In the first year of the agreement, many educators would receive salary and step increases of $5000 or more due to changes in the proposed salary schedule structure. In the second and third years, educators eligible for step increases would receive additional compensation of up to $2800 each year.
- Regarding health insurance, educators would choose whether to remain on their current health insurance plan or join ASD's health plan. Educators who choose the ASD plan would have access to the VERA Whole Health advanced primary care centers. They would also save up to $3000 per year in employee contributions for health insurance and would have the option to participate in a Health Savings Account (HSA) partially funded by ASD with annual contributions of up to $1500 per year.
In total, ASD's proposal would provide approximately $38.3 million in additional compensation to educators over a three-year period. Keep in mind, ASD hasn’t received any base student allocation (BSA) funding increases from the State since 2017 and the last funding increase prior to then was minimal, totaling a little more than 0.8%.
Despite these funding constraints, ASD is committed to providing educators a competitive compensation package with improved options for health insurance.
November 10th Proposal
On November 10, 2021, ASD presented a package proposal to AEA in an effort to resolve all the remaining issues in the negotiation. The proposal included a restructured salary schedule with salary increases in each of three years, additional choice for health insurance, and an option for Tier 3 retirement system educators to cash out sick leave to defer to a voluntary retirement savings account. The remaining open articles address various work rules such as grading days, work duties, planning time, and payment for classroom coverage. ASD's proposal would cover the three-year period from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.
Mediation has been scheduled on the following dates: 12/2, 12/3 and 12/15.The mediator is a commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which is an independent agency that provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry and government agencies. The service is free of cost.
- Davenport, Samantha. "Contract negotiations underway between Anchorage School District and teachers union" Anchorage Daily News, April 17, 2021
- DeMarben, Alex. "Anchorage teachers rally as contract negotiations continue with school district" Anchorage Daily News, October 21, 2021
- DeMarben, Alex. "Anchorage teachers union and school district declare impasse over contract" Anchorage Daily News, November 16, 2021