We had such a fantastic ESP Meet-Up last week! We are grateful for the leadership of our ESP Representative Michelle Hayes, and the wisdom of Brenda Bales, Sandy Malarkey and Graciela Basilo. Here is follow up information from our meeting:
As a reminder (Principals have been reminded also), let's work together to ensure you are taking your break(s) and lunch. Your certificated members support you taking your break! Some ESPs recommended setting a rotation so that everyone can take their breaks at times that work for the building. Remember, if you are an 8 hour employee, you get two fifteen minute breaks and a lunch. Here is our contract language:
Section 9.3 - There shall be a thirty (30) minute uninterrupted lunch period on the employee's own time in every regularly scheduled shift of five (5) hours or more as near the middle of the shift as practicable. The employer shall permit employees to take a rest of fifteen (15) minutes for every four (4) hours worked as near the middle of the four (4) hour period as reasonable or as agreed to between the supervisor and the employee. A rest period will not be authorized for persons working less than three (3) hours. Authorized rest period time will be counted as time worked for which there will be no deduction in pay. Authorized rest periods that are not taken by the employee will be lost.
Section 9.4 - Employees required to work through their regular lunch period will be given time to eat at a time agreed upon by the employee and supervisor. In the event the District requires an employee to forego the lunch period, the employee shall be compensated for the lunch period given up at the employee's appropriate rate of pay.
January 1-31 is the period to submit job reclassification requests. The committee that hears these is half Association, half District, as per section 16.3 (below). Here are the forms you need:
Section 16.3 - Job Classification Committee. The parties agree to establish an ongoing Job Classification Committee for the purpose of rating new job descriptions and reviewing the appropriateness of existing ratings. This committee will also hear appeals regarding the appropriateness of the assignment of job descriptions. The classification tool used by this committee will be agreed upon by the parties and shall be reviewed and revised as needed. Revisions, however, shall be considered in light of the objective of providing a consistent and reliable rating tool. The committee shall be comprised of an equal number of District and Association members. Each year, the parties will attempt to maintain at least two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of this committee from the previous year.