TALC Contract

TALC Contract - Frequently Asked Questions

Article 10.06 (Changes in Compensation)

1. Is there a change in compensation as a result of ratification and Board approval of the FY21 TALC Tentative Agreement?

Yes, instructional staff will receive an increase in compensation effective 2/1/2021. Changes are tentatively scheduled to be reflected on the 2/26/21 paycheck.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

2. What changes in compensation are available as part of the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement?

There are five (5) major changes in compensation included in the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement. These changes impact employees eligible to move on the Career Ladder, the Starting Salary Schedule (including a “true up” for all current employees), provide for a 2% increase across the board, a Market Adjustment based upon years of service, and the creation of a longevity supplement for instructional staff.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

3. Who is eligible for the increases available with the FY21 TALC Contract?

Instructional staff, employed by the District on February 1, 2021 and on the date of Board Approval are eligible for the salary increases included in the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

4. Are the salary increases in the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement retroactive?

The salary increases for FY21 (2020-2021 school year) will be retroactive for regular earnings only and will be retroactive to July 1, 2020. Changes in compensation will be reflected on your February 26, 2021 paycheck with the remaining difference to be spread among remaining paychecks for FY21 (2020-2021 school year).

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

5. Is a salary increase available for employees eligible to move on the Career Ladder?

Employees eligible for the FY20 Career Ladder Movement, those that met the requirements for movement as of June 30, 2020, are eligible to receive a $1,000 increase to their base salary retroactive to July 1, 2020.

6. Is there a longevity supplement for instructional staff?

Yes, in order to acknowledge the dedicated service of District employees a longevity supplement is being offered based upon non-consecutive years of service to the District.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact: Staffing and Talent Management

Article 10.05 (Compensation - Pay Delivery)

7. How do I see my salary prior to the salary increase of the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Your salary prior to the increase of the FY21 TALC Contract is listed on your paycheck stubs that can be accessed in PeopleSoft. The navigation path to access this information is: Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > Employee Current Compensation.

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Contact:  Payroll

8. When will I see the changes in compensation on my paycheck?

The changes in compensation will be reflected on the February 26, 2021 paycheck.                       

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Contact:  Payroll

9. How will I know if my salary increased?

Salary increases will be displayed on your paystub as follows:

  1. “Contract Pay Regular Earning” is where you will see any increases to your base salary increases (including changes in compensation due to Career Ladder Movement, 2% increase, True-Ups, or Market Adjustment) and will include any retro pay
  2. “Additional 30 Min Per Week” is where you will see a proportional increase in the amount of one half hour per week that accounts for the increase in the standard work day from 7.5 hours to 7.6 hours, which took place in 2016
  3. Instructional Supplement increases will show under each of supplement beginning July 1, 2020 and will include retro-pay where applicable

Contact:  Payroll

10. What information is available on the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page?

The PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page contains: Contract Salary Data and Earnings, Creditable Years of Experience (Years X), District Years of Experience (Years D), Non-consecutive years of District Service (Years L), Salary Plan, Pay Group, Standard Hours, Supplement Earnings, and Projected Balance of Contract Amounts. Employees can also view past and present paychecks, information about supplements, and tax information.

See More: PeopleSoft

Contact:  Payroll

11. How do I access the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page?

The navigation path to the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page is:  Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > Employee Current Compensation.

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Contact:  Payroll

12. What if I was on a leave of absence during FY21 (2020-2021 school year)?

If you were on a leave of absence during FY21 (2020-2021 school year), you are eligible for the salary increases in the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement; however, your annual salary will be adjusted to reflect the amount of time you worked during FY21 (2020-2021 school year).

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management

13. How do I calculate my base rate of pay (hourly rate)?

The formula for calculating your base rate of pay (hourly rate) is:  Base Salary / Days Worked / Hours Per Day.

Contact: Payroll

14. Will the proposed changes to the Starting Salary Schedule impact current employees?

Yes, salary increases (“true-ups”) are being applied to any employee who is below the starting salary.

Article 10.03 (Incentives and Bonus Programs)

15. Are there any changes to available incentives and bonus programs?

No, however there was the addition of language clarifying existing incentive and bonus programs, including:

  • Certification (Testing)
  • Reading Endorsement
  • ActiveLee Employee Wellness
  • Recruitment
  • Qualifying Adoptive Employee
  • Dale Hickam Excellent Teaching Program
  • Florida School Recognition
  • Florida Teacher Supply Assistance
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam
  • Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Exam
  • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exam
  • Career and Professional Education Act (CAPE) Industry Certification Exam

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact: Compensation & Labor Relations

Article 10.02 (Salary Schedules)

16. How do I know if I am on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule or Performance Salary Schedule?

Employees can find out which salary schedule they are on by visiting the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page. Instructional staff with Continuing Contract status or Professional Services Contract status are on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule. Instructional staff with Annual Contract status or Probationary Contract status are on the Performance Salary Schedule.

See More:  To find your Salary Schedule - see your Current Compensation page in PeopleSoft

Contact: Payroll

17. What does it mean that instructional supplements are indexed?

Instructional supplements are indexed, which means that they are no longer a fixed dollar amount, but are instead a percentage of the minimum base salary for instructional staff. This prevents instructional supplement amounts from remaining stagnant since the amount paid will increase any time that the minimum base salary increases, unless negotiated otherwise.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

18. What locations are identified as Turnaround Schools and eligible for the Turnaround School Supplement for FY21 (2020-2021 school year)?

Based upon the recommendations of the Turnaround School Committee, which is made up of instructional staff serving at Tier III schools, as well as school and district-based administrators, a supplement of $4,000.00 is available for all instructional staff assigned to East Lee County High, Manatee Elementary, Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, Fort Myers Middle Academy, Colonial Elementary, James Stephens International Academy, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Sunshine Elementary, Franklin Park Elementary, and Orange River.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

19. Are there plans to continue the review of instructional supplements?

Yes, the bargaining teams have expressed an interest in continuing their comprehensive review of instructional supplements. Approximately half of all teachers in the District receive one or more instructional supplements for their additional contributions. The District and TALC recognize the need to appropriately compensate employees for these additional contributions. Included in this review is a plan to update job descriptions for instructional supplements as needed.

In addition, the Career Ladder Committee is reviewing supplements to ensure equity among schools of different sizes and different levels. Recommendations for the addition of supplements are being made based on the use of “At Large” supplements. Several supplements have been added recently including: Mock Trial Sponsor, History Fair Director, Inventors Fair Director, and Esports Coach.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, MOUs, Job Descriptions

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

20. What is an “At Large” supplement?

“At Large” Supplements are now available upon Principal request and must be approved by the TALC Labor/Management Committee. The “At Large” Supplement is intended to allow for the piloting of new supplemental positions or for adding additional positions, if a supplement already exists. Principals must submit a request to their HR Staffing Specialists with a Board approved job description attached or provide a list of assigned duties for the TALC Labor/Management Committee to review.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Job Descriptions

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

21. How do I know if a supplement will count toward the Participation Requirements for Career Ladder Movement?

The TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes language that allows instructional staff to know in advance if a supplement they’ve applied for will count toward completion of the Participation Requirements for Career Ladder Movement. Special Instructional Supplements do not count toward completion of Career Ladder Requirements, since they are tied to an individual's regular position. Updates to the Career Ladder page on PeopleSoft will allow individuals to see their progress toward completion of the requirements for Career Ladder Movement, including the Participation Requirements.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, PeopleSoft

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

Article 10.01 (Experience Credit)

22. How can I find out how many Creditable Years of Experience (Years X), District Years of Experience (Years D), and Non-consecutive Years of District Service (Years L) I have?

Creditable Years of Experience (Years X), District Years of Experience (Years D) and Non-consecutive Years of District Service (Years L) can be found on the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page.

The navigation path to the PeopleSoft Employee Current Compensation page is:  Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation > Employee Current Compensation.

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Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

23. What is the difference between Creditable Years of Experience (Years X), District Years of Experience (Years D), and Regular Permanent Position (Years L)?

Creditable Years of Experience (Years X) are the years of experience creditable towards salary when an employee begins a position paid in accordance with the instructional salary schedule at the time of hire.  These years increment each year-end (fiscal year) for active instructional staff who have worked at least one day more than half of the scheduled work year in an instructional position.

District Years of Experience (Years D) are the years of teaching within The School District of Lee County recorded for instructional staff with Professional Services Contract, Continuing Contract, Annual Contract, or Probationary Contract status.  These years increment each year-end (fiscal year) for active instructional staff who have worked at least one day more than half of the scheduled work year in an instructional position.

Regular Permanent Position (Years L) are the years of experience within The School District of Lee County recorded for all staff in a regular permanent position. These years increment each year-end (fiscal year) for active staff who have worked at least one day more than half of the scheduled work year. Years start at zero for new hires and employment does not have to be continuous.

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

24. Is there a deadline to submit a work experience verification form in order to receive Experience Credit?

Yes, instructional staff will receive payment retroactive to their date of hire if experience credit is approved within the first 120 calendar days of their employment. Instructional staff must submit a work experience verification form within the first two years of their employment with the District in order to be eligible for Experience Credit.

Special Instructional Staff will no longer receive salary credit for the submission of work experience.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

25. I left the District and recently returned. Am I eligible for a Return to Rate of Pay?

In order to be eligible for a Return to Rate of Pay, you must have been re-hired in the current contract year, and your separation from the District must be within the required time frame.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

Article 5 (General Employment Practices)

26. What is being done to address changes in Florida Statute that prohibit Districts from offering automatic renewal of Highly Effective and Effective employees with Annual Contract status?

The FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes contract language concerning Probationary Contract status and Annual Contract status to ensure employee needs are met and the District is in compliance with Florida Statute. The language clarifies expectations for reappointment and non-reappointment recommendations, including outlining the process for an employee to request a review of non-reappointment recommendation.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Island Coast FEA (TALC)

27. Does the District do anything to support employees with prior military experience?

The FY21 TALC Agreement includes language to inform employees of legal requirements concerning Veteran’s Preference in employment.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 6 (Working Conditions)

28. Does the District provide any protections for victims of domestic or sexual violence?

Yes, the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes language to protect employees and to allow for leave and other accommodations to be made.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Employee Assistance Program

29. Does the District do anything to support employees who are nursing mothers?

The FY21 TALC Agreement includes language to inform employees of legal protections that exist for nursing mothers. The District offers additional support for nursing mothers and those who are expecting through Employee Wellness programs

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Employee Wellness programs

Article 7 (Work Schedule)

30. Does the contract address Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)?

Yes, the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes language clarifying expectations for PLC meetings.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

31. What was done to address unique teaching conditions at Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) locations?

 In FY19 (2018-2019 school year), significant discussion of the concerns of instructional staff assigned to Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) locations resulted in status quo and a commitment to continue to resolve site-based concerns through the TALC Labor/Management Committee.

See More: Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

Article 8 (Performance Evaluation)

32. What rating did I receive on my FY19 (2018-2019 school year) Final Performance Evaluation?

Information about your Performance Evaluations is available to all instructional staff on PeopleSoft. The navigation path to review prior year evaluations in PeopleSoft is:  Employee Self Service > Performance Management > Evaluation Employee Select.

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

Article 9 (Disciplinary Procedures)

33. Are there any changes to Disciplinary Procedures for instructional staff?

No, however the FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreements clarifies current standards for disciplinary procedures and outcomes. Recently the District and its union counterparts engaged in a robust and comprehensive survey and review process that led to the formation of several new School Board Policies.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Ethics in Education Policy

Article 11 (Benefits)

34. Were there any changes to employee benefits?

Yes, the Board increased the Flex Credits contributions for each employee that is enrolled in Board-Provided Benefits to ensure that employees would not see an increase in their out-of-pocket expenditure for health insurance coverage.

See More: FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 13 (Participatory Decision Making)

35. What opportunities do instructional staff have to get involved in decision making?

The TALC Labor/Management Committee will be meeting soon to discuss recommendations for bargaining related committee appointments and to determine the schedule for committee meetings for FY22 (2021-2022 school year).  Recommendations by both TALC and the District will be considered; however, TALC has discretion in determining TALC-appointed members.

The schedule for bargaining related committee meetings and information from these meetings are posted on the District’s website. Contact TALC if you are interested in serving on a TALC bargaining related committee.

See More:  FY21 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  TALC (Island Coast FEA) or Compensation & Labor Relations

36. Where can I find more information about FY21 Bargaining?

All of the minutes from FY21 TALC Bargaining are posted on the Compensation & Labor Relations page. Joint Communications and the TALC Contract Information Session are also posted on this page.

See More:  Negotiation Materials

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations