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 FY22 TALC Tentative Agreement?

Yes, eligible employees received an increase in compensation effective July 1, 2021.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

2. What changes in compensation are available as part of the FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Minimum Base Salary

Effective July 1, 2021 the District adopted a Starting Salary Schedule with a minimum base salary of $47,500.00 for instructional staff, excluding Special Instructional Staff who will receive a minimum base salary of $52,500.00.

Starting Salary Schedule and True Up

All instructional staff received a salary increase of $200.00 retroactive to July 1, 2021. Additional salary increases were awarded as a "true up" to ensure that all current employees are being compensated at a rate of no less than the starting salary, based on creditable years of experience.

  • Employees with four (4) to seven (7) years of creditable teaching experience received an increase of $1,200.00 retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • Employees with eight (8) to thirteen (13) years of creditable teaching experience received an increase of $1,700.00 retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • Employees with fourteen (14) to nineteen (19) years of creditable teaching experience received an increase of $2,200.00, retroactive to July 1, 2021.
  • Employees with twenty (20) or more years of creditable teaching experience received an increase of $2,700.00 retroactive to July 1, 2021.

All instructional staff except for Special Instructional Staff and JROTC instructors, received increases based upon creditable years of teaching experience on file with the District at the time of ratification. Special Instructional Staff and JROTC Instructors received an increase of $2,000.00.

Longevity Supplement

In order to acknowledge the dedicated service of District employees, longevity supplement amounts were increased for the following employees:

  • Employees with twenty-five (25) to twenty-nine (29) years will receive an increase to the longevity supplement in the amount of $500.00, increasing the supplement from $1,500.00 to $2,000.00.
  • Employees with thirty (30) or more years will receive an increase to the longevity supplement in the amount of $500.00, increasing the supplement from $2,000.00 to $2,500.00.

All employee groups, regardless of classification, are now on the same system for longevity supplements.

See More: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

3. Was there any change to Instruction During Missed Planning with the FY22 TALC Contract?

The District and TALC are discussing a possible MOU to replace the agreement that expired at the end of FY22 (2021-2022 school year). More Updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

See More: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

4. Who is eligible for the increases available with the FY22 TALC Contract?

Instructional staff employed by the District on the date of Board Approval are eligible for the salary increases included in the FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

5. Are salary increases in the FY22 Collective Bargaining Agreement retroactive?

The salary increases for FY22 (2021-2022 school year) were retroactive for regular earnings only and will be retroactive to July 1, 2021.

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: FY22 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 FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Your salary prior to the increase of the FY22 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. Please note, this page is unavailable until August 26, 2022.

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Contact:  Payroll

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

Changes in compensation for FY22 (2021-2022 school year) are already reflected on employee's paychecks.                   

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Contact:  Payroll

9. How will I know if I have a salary increase?

Salary increases will be displayed on your paystub as follows:

  • “Contract Pay Regular Earning” is where you will see any increases (including changes in compensation due to True-Ups, or Experience Credit) and will include any retro pay
  • “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

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. Please note, this page will be unavailable until August 26, 2022.

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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. Please note, this page will be unavailable until August 26, 2022.

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Contact:  Payroll

12. How do I access employee pay information on PeopleSoft?

Navigation path: Employee Self Service > Payroll and Compensation. Select the applicable menu option My Paycheck, Salary Supplement Request, etc.

13. What if I was on a leave of absence during FY22 (2021-2022 school year)?

If you were on a leave of absence during FY22 (2021-2022 school year), you are eligible for the salary increases in the FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement; however, your annual salary will be adjusted to reflect the amount of time you worked during FY22 (2021-2022 school year).

Contact:  Staffing & Talent Management

14. 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

15. 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 10.04 (Non-standard Rate of Pay)

16. Is there any change to the rate of pay for Voluntary Training?

Teacher participation in voluntary workshops or in-service training outside of their regular schedule may be paid at a rate of $25.00 per hour of voluntary training.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact: Compensation & Labor Relations

Article 10.03 (Incentives and Bonus Programs)

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

The TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement contains three (3) Retention Bonuses.

ESSER Retention Bonus 1: Instructional staff will be eligible for a one-time bonus in the amounts below, if they were employed on the date of ratification. Employed is defined as payroll active, actively working, and with no break in service. Payment was issued on April 30, 2022.

  1. Returning Employees: Instructional staff who were employed on their last regularly scheduled work day of FY21 (2020-2021 school year), who were employed on the first regularly scheduled work day of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) will receive a one-time bonus in the amount of $2,575.00.
  2. Hired Quarter 1: Instructional staff who were hired prior to the end of the first quarter of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) will receive a one-time bonus in the amount of $2,200.00.
  3. Hired Quarter 2: Instructional staff who were hired prior to the end of the second quarter of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) will receive a one-time bonus of $1,900.00
  4. Hired Quarter 3: Instructional staff who were hired prior to the end of the third quarter of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) will receive a one-time bonus of $1,300.00.

ESSER Retention Bonus 2: Instructional staff will be eligible for a one-time bonus in the amount of $1,500.00, if they are employed on their last regularly scheduled work day of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) and September 30, 2022. Employed is defined as payroll active, actively working, and with no break in service. Payment will be issued on October 14, 2022.

District Retention Bonus: Instructional staff will be eligible for a one-time bonus in the amount of $1,000.00 if they are employed on their last regularly scheduled work day of FY22 (2021-2022 school year) and September 30, 2022. Employed is defined as payroll active, actively working, and with no break in service. Payment will be issued on October 14, 2022.

Article 10.02 (Salary Schedules)

18. 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

19. 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: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

20. What locations are identified as Turnaround Schools and eligible for the Turnaround School Supplement for FY23 (2022-2023 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 Fort Myers Middle Academy, Franklin Park Elementary, Tice Elementary, East Lee County High, Colonial Elementary, Edgewood Academy and Island Coast High.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement 

21. What locations are identified as Transition Schools and eligible for the Transition School Supplement for FY23 (2022-2023 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 $2,000.00 is available for all instructional staff assigned to Manatee Elementary, Ray V. Pottorf Elementary, James Stephens Elementary, Mirror Lakes Elementary, Orange River Elementary, and Sunshine Elementary.

22. What locations are eligible for the Special Center School Supplement?

Effective July 1, 2021 a supplement of $4,000.00 is available for all instructional staff assigned to Buckingham Exceptional Student Center, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) locations, Lee Adolescent Mothers Program (LAMP), Royal Palm Exceptional Center, and Success Academy.

23. 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: School Volunteer Contact, Grants Development Resource Contact, and Leading and Learning.

See More: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, MOUs, Job Descriptions

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

24. 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: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Job Descriptions

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

25. 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: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, PeopleSoft

Contact:  Compensation & Labor Relations

Article 10.01 (Experience Credit)

26. 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. Please note, this page will be unavailable until August 26, 2022.

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Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

27. 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

28. 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: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

29. 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:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact: Staffing & Talent Management

Article 5 (General Employment Practices)

30. 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 FY22 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:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Contact:  Island Coast FEA (TALC)

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

The FY22 TALC Agreement includes language to inform employees of legal requirements concerning Veteran’s Preference in employment.

TALC and the District are reviewing options and interests related to allowing employees to bring in Military Experience for salary credit.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

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

Yes, the FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes language to protect employees and to allow for leave and other accommodations to be made.

See More:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Employee Assistance Program

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

The FY22 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: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement, Employee Wellness programs

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

Yes, the FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement includes language clarifying expectations for PLC meetings.

See More: FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 8 (Performance Evaluation)

35. What rating did I receive on my FY22 (2021-2022 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

36. 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 FY23 (2022-2023 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:  FY22 TALC Collective Bargaining Agreement

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

37. Where can I find more information about FY22 Bargaining?

All of the minutes from FY22 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