HSTA settles class grievance giving bonuses to hundreds of teachers
HSTA settled a statewide class grievance with the state Aug. 1, awarding lump sum payments of as much as $2,000 to more than 300 public school teachers.
During 2015 re-opener negotiations, the HSTA and DOE agreed that tenured teachers and those who began probation before July 1, 2013 would receive a lump sum payment of $2,000 (full-time) or $1,000 (half-time). There were two contractual disputes over who was entitled to the lump sum payments: teachers on leave of absence without pay (LWOP) on October 5, 2015, affecting approximately 300 teachers and another roughly 30 teachers who were rated less-than-effective under the Educator Effectiveness System (EES). As a result, HSTA filed a class grievance against the state Department of Education in October 2015.
“This is a fair compromise that avoids time-consuming arbitration,” said HSTA President Corey Rosenlee. “We were glad to advocate for our members to ensure they receive the bonuses they are entitled to.”
The settlement provides that teachers are eligible for payment if they meet the following requirements: qualified teachers who were on LWOP shall receive the $2,000 lump sum payment upon their physical return to work from unpaid leave; teachers rated less than effective or marginal shall receive the $2,000 lump sum payment upon receiving an effective or highly effective rating for the 2015-16 school year. For processing of payments, the DOE will be given up to 60 days from the executed agreement (approximately by September 30, 2016), or within 60 days after a teacher physically returns from LWOP.