The new dollar amounts for some permanent teachers and paras with more than five years in effect ($500 to $1,000) and each of the eligibility criteria that have been expanded (the addition of provisionals and paras with more than three years and less than five years) are currently in effect, even though the school department has not changed the circular to reflect these changes. We asked the department four months ago to change the August 2011 circular to reflect the changes negotiated. It is a task that ought to take about five minutes. We are still waiting.
We have been waiting since November for the school department to move on a number of very important contract implementation items. We filed a grievance last week and will aggressively pursue a remedy in all outstanding matters. One item, the item on tuition reimbursement and enhancement, has drawn a few questions.
All of the other items mentioned in the grievance are in effect NOW although the school department is tardy in implementing the mechanics of each. If you have any questions as to any of the items mentioned in the grievance, please contact one our field representatives.