Jan. 8, 2020 – Representatives of the School District and Belle Vernon Area Education Association are scheduled to meet again on Jan. 28th to continue negotiations for a new labor agreement.
The two sides met jointly and separately in “caucus” for more than three hours yesterday before adjourning. State Labor Mediator Joseph Lamenza told both sides that he believes progress is being made. It was the 13thnegotiating session.
Many technical, procedural, grievance and working conditions issues have been resolved. Both sides are now concentrating on economic issues such as wages and benefits.
Nov. 27, 2019 – Representatives of the School District and Belle Vernon Area Education Association yesterday met for the latest negotiating session, the 12th meeting between the two sides.
A meeting previously scheduled for Dec. 12 and will now be held on Jan. 7, with additional meetings to be held Jan. 28 and Feb. 12.
Also on Jan. 7, the School District will meet for the first time with representatives of the Belle Vernon Area Education Support Professionals #2, PSEA/NEA, whose contract expires June 30, 2020. This contract covers custodial and maintenance workers; school bus drivers and mechanic; and food service (cafeteria) employees.
Nov. 25, 2019 -- The previous, five-year collective bargaining agreement with the Belle Vernon Area Education Association (BVAEA) expired June 30, 2019. Negotiations got under way well before then. Thus far, the School District and BVAEA have agreed upon a number of issues, most involving procedures, language and policy, and those discussions continue.
Issues having financial impacts are concurrently being considered. The School District has been in the process of changing business managers due to the resignation of J.R. Dzurica, effective Oct. 11, 2019. The new business manager, Crystal Clark will begin work on Monday, November 25.
Further negotiating sessions between the School District and BVAEA are scheduled for Nov. 26, Dec. 12 and Jan. 7, 2020, as both sides attempt to amicably resolve differences and achieve a new agreement. Negotiations have been conducted under the oversight and in the presence of Joseph Lamenza, Regional Office Director, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
Meanwhile, members of the BVAEA have continued to work under terms and conditions of the previous collective bargaining agreement.
Also, the collective bargaining agreement with the Belle Vernon Area Education Support Professionals #2, PSEA/NEA, expires June 30, 2020. This contract covers custodial, maintenance; school bus drivers, mechanics and food service (cafeteria) employees. Preliminary discussions must, by law, get under way in early 2020.
Because of public interest in labor contracts governing BVA, because they are public information and because numerous other school districts make them available on their websites, the School District intends to post the contracts in January at www.bvasd.net.
They consist of the expired collective bargaining agreement with the BVAEA; the agreement approved last year with the BVA ESP, PSEA/NEA covering office, guidance, instructional aides, health room assistants, ACCESS coordinator, business and related employees; and the current agreement with BVA Support Professionals #2, PSEA/NEA.