Note – Sections 1 and 2 of this bill are identical in content but are located in two different sections of statute. Section 1 is directed towards all districts in the state, excluding those located in cities of the first class. Section 2 is directed towards only those districts located in cities of the first class.
Section 1 and Section 2. Qualified economic offer.
Paragraph (a) prohibits teachers from striking for any issue relating to total compensation or submit any issue relating to total compensation to interest arbitration if the school board offers teachers a biennial contract that includes a percentage increase at least equal to the district’s biennial percent increase in basic revenue. Continues to allow teachers to strike or submit to interest arbitration for noneconomic issues.
Paragraph (b) defines the allocation of total compensation among the teachers if the school board and teachers do not agree by January 15 of an even-numbered year as follows:
(1) requires benefits to continue at the same percentage of the total compensation as provided in the immediately preceding employment contract; and
(2) requires any remaining percentage of the total compensation after subtracting the value of clause (1), to go towards increasing teacher salaries based on alternative teacher pay plans, the number of years of service, and promotion and advanced education, in that order, and based on the percentage increase in the general education formula allowance.
Paragraph (c) defines “teachers” as classroom teachers licensed under Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.18. Allows school boards to include licensed administrators to be included in the definition of teacher and, if included, requires that contracts with school administrators be made consistent with this subdivision. Allows a school board to offer any of its nonlicensed employees an employment contract under the terms of this subdivision.
Defines “total compensation” to be the sum of:
(i) total salary schedule costs;
(ii) total salary costs of an alternative teacher professional pay system;
(iii) total health insurance costs paid by the district;
(iv) total life insurance costs paid by the district;
(v) total long-term disability costs;
(vi) total dental insurance costs;
(vii) total extracurricular costs;
(viii) total costs of lane changes;
(ix) total Teachers Retirement Association costs;
(x) total Social Security and Medicare contribution costs; and
(xi) other miscellaneous costs identified by the district as payment for teachers’ services or benefits.
Effective Date. Makes this section effective for contracts ratified beginning July 1, 2011.