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ESP Negotiations

June 12 Session

MPS and ESP bargaining teams met for the fourth time on June 12, 2019.  The ESP team walked MPS through the last of their proposals for the term of this contract. In all, the ESP unit has provided approximately 20 proposals. The total cost of the ESP proposals comes to approximately $50 million for the two-year term of the successor contract.  Unfortunately, this significantly exceeds the District’s bargaining authority.

Of the 20 proposals presented, MPS responded to those regarding pay rates and vacation accruals for summer session workallowing grievances around probationary releases, and granting ESP members access to IEP/504 plans/BIPs.

MPS also passed a proposal to the ESP team that would would change their health and dental insurance article, and shared a presentation of an overview of medical premium costs. MPS strongly believes that movement into our district’s enhanced benefit plan is beneficial to ESP members by allowing both our district and ESP members to share in increases in health care premium costs, instead of the ESP members absorbing the full cost of premium increases. The presentation highlighted the current and hypothetical premium costs facing ESP members on the District-proposed enhanced plan vs. the current flat-dollar contribution method currently in the ESP contract. 

The teams reconvene on June 17, 2019.