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Mediation Update

Mediation Update

March 7, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to share with you that Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers reached agreement yesterday on four MOAs that are part of the 2017-2019 teacher contract negotiations.

Contract negotiations on the remaining proposals will continue via mediation until both parties are satisfied with the results. These agreements are being shared due to their time-sensitivity related to the MPS budgeting process.

Highlights of the MOAs agreed upon yesterday include:

1.    An early retirement opportunity for long-term MPS teachers: This incentive would potentially generate cost savings (based on projected salaries of those who would participate) and should reduce layoffs during the current budgeting process. Additionally, this may create opportunities to continue to diversify the MPS workforce. Effective March 16-April 30, 2018, teachers who have been with MPS for 25 years, are at least 55 years of age, and are vested in a pension may apply for a $15,000 severance contribution. Information on this opportunity will be forthcoming. (Current teachers who have already submitted retirement paperwork are eligible.)

2.    The status of current Community Partnership Schools (CPS): Current CPS schools may retain that status for the next year if they meet a set of requirements outlined in the agreement. Current CPS are: Bancroft Elementary School, FAIR Downtown School, Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School, Justice Page Middle School, Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary School, and Southwest High School.

3.    MPS and MFT support for immigrant employees and communities: In a signal of MFT and MPS support for our immigrant communities, MPS will place on recall (for up to two years) any teachers who may become ineligible for employment due to immigration restrictions. Additionally, MFT and MPS will coordinate legislative advocacy efforts with Minneapolis immigrant populations.

4.    Updates to the existing streamlined interview and selection process MOA: Candidates qualified for jobs in demonstrated hard-to-fill areas such as special education or other areas as determined by both MPS and the Minnesota Department of Education, and who have been granted early contracts may participate in Round 1 of the hiring process.

More information on these MOAs will be available in the future. We will continue working together on the remainder of the proposals in an effort to provide the schools all of our students deserve.