Unified Advocacy for the Membership
The State College Area Educational Support Personnel Association (SCESPA) was certified by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) as the exclusive representative of our district support staff on April 10, 1998. This followed several months of informational meetings with representatives from the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), and a majority vote by secret ballot of eligible bargaining unit members on March 31, 1998. The General Membership elected a panel of officers, and the task of developing a contract for the Association became the first priority of business for the organization. A team of SCESPA negotiators developed an “individual needs survey,” which was completed by the membership in order to establish objectives for bargaining with the District Board of Directors.
The collective bargaining process began in October 1998, and many items were tentatively agreed upon within the first several months. In March 2000,after eighteen months of negotiations, it became apparent that SCESPA and the Board of Directors had reached an impasse regarding several important contract issues, and in compliance with the ACT 88 timeline, SCESPA filed for a PLRB fact-finding hearing to resolve the disputed items. The hearing took place on April 17, 2000, and in late May, both parties agreed to the terms of the fact-finder’s report. The General Membership was provided with a final proposal in early June 2000, and elected to ratify the contract. On June 13, 2000, SCESPA President, Mary Kay Montovino, and Constance Martin, President for the SCASD Board of Directors, signed the final collective bargaining agreement, retroactively effective from the 1998-99 school year through the 2002-2003school year. The General Membership has just signed our 2nd contract recently through the2007-2008 school year.
What do these contracts mean for the bargaining unit members of SCESPA? The agreements provide for the security of members regarding conditions of employment, rights and privileges, job classifications, benefits and wages. It establishes standards of practice throughout the district, and provides protection from liability in school-related incidents. Ultimately, it creates strength in unity, and affords the members the respect of administrators, professional staff, and the community that we serve.
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State College Educational Support Personnel Association