Dear HTH Family:
We wanted to share with you our latest update regarding collective bargaining. The respective teams for High Tech High (HTH) and High Tech Education Collective (HTEC) met on March 16 for a full day of bargaining.
Our goals in bargaining are to ensure teachers are valued and appreciated, that we have a sustainable financial model, and that we work together to support the learning and growth of all students. We remain committed to a collaborative problem-solving approach to reach an agreement. Although there is still considerable work to be done towards reaching a tentative agreement on the overall Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), we feel it was a productive and positive day towards meeting all of our goals.
To date, HTH has passed 11 proposals out of its 13 initial proposals, including an MOU regarding Exempt Professional Salary (MOU). On Wednesday, HTH passed a counter MOU, and three counter proposals on articles for the CBA (Leaves, Collective Rights, and Hours). The HTEC passed four proposals (Evaluation, Safety, Grievance Procedure and Organizational Security). There was considerable discussion regarding the MOU and the Hours article. Although tentative agreements were not reached, we look forward to receiving future counter proposals in order to meet the needs of our teachers and sustain our unique institution. As such, we have two days scheduled for bargaining in April.
Upcoming bargaining sessions:
Teams have been working diligently to draft proposals and put in processes to work together effectively. Although collective bargaining is new for HTH, it is clear that we have committed members at the bargaining table seeking to reach an agreement on a CBA as soon as possible.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kaleb Rashad
Board Chair Gary E. Jacobs