February 14, 2020 District Statement on Ruling Today the Kansas Department of Labor decided that years two and three of the three-year unilateral contract was a prohibited practice. Although the borough does not agree with the decision, we remain committed to working with NEA-SM to resolve the issue of compensation, benefits and future working conditions. As such, the district has approached KNEA to discuss the decision and will work to identify next steps. The borough believes that it is essential to agree on a contract that is in the best interests of teachers and that is fiscally responsible. Click here to read the judgment. 31 January 2020 Resolution The Board of Education has adopted a resolution approving the unilateral agreement for professional staff. Click here to read the resolution. March 12, 2020 At the special meeting of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education on March 12, 2020, the Council approved the contract for the 2019-2020 school year, which was ratified by members of the National Education Mission (NEA-SM). The ratification took place on 9 and 11 March. This will be the only contract for all members of the bargaining unit for this year. You can read the agreement here. “In the Shawnee mission years ago, we negotiated what`s called a “due procedure” where they can`t remove a teacher without the hearing,” Laird said.
“It used to be not that big, because it was the law in the state of Kansas, but under [former governor] Sam Brownback, they took it. So we are one of the only districts in the state that has that in our contract. And many of us fear that they will take it off… because they can withdraw anything they want from a unilateral contract. March 6, 2020 An agreement has been reached between the Board of Education and the NEA-SM to reach agreement on three issues. Click here to read the memorandum. The council stage comes after months of contract negotiations between the district and the union, and a report by a state fact-seeker, which was part of the arguments of both parties. The approved contract is three years long and is one-sided, meaning that the details are decided by the district alone and are not negotiated because the negotiations have not been successful. The union, the National Education Association-Shawnee Mission, is questioning the legality of the three-year unilateral contract, as Kansas law stipulates that new contracts will be negotiated annually between teachers and School Districts in Kansas. This agreement is consistent with the Board`s previous plan to provide the same increase for employees and directors to offset health insurance premiums that will come into effect on January 1, 2020. Agents who have opted for the unilateral agreement will retroactively receive compensation for the salary increase, the movement of steps and columns of 1% on their paycheck in March. Those who have chosen to remain on the 2018-2019 contract will receive retroactive compensation no later than the time of the May 20 pay cheque. “I think it`s pretty safe to say that no one wanted a unilateral agreement,” Sinclair said.
“It was the last stop in a very long negotiation process. But now that we are there, and I can talk about it and have this open dialogue, I want to move forward with the teachers. We all want to do what is good for children and what is good for teachers so that they can help students learn. It`s incredibly important to me. March 5, 2020 Tentative Agreement Today, with support from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS), Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) and the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission (NEA-SM) has reached a preliminary agreement (until ratification) on a contract for the 2019-2020 school year.