Murrieta Valley Unified board approves agreement with classified employees’ union

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The Murrieta Valley Unified School District Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting approved a new tentative agreement with the union represents the district’s classified employees.

The agreement with California School Employees Association chapter 223, which was reached Oct. 1, grants a 3% raise to all classified non-management staff – a category that includes cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other non-teaching staff.

Employees will also be granted an additional 0.26% by 2022 to ensure that all employees meet the $15 per hour statewide minimum wage that will go into effect Jan. 1 of that year.

The agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2019. Employees will see their pay increases reflected in paychecks at the end of November or beginning of December, depending on their pay schedule, and will receive their retroactive pay in February.

“The district and CSEA are committed to working on behalf of students, staff and the Murrieta community,” the school district and union said in a joint communication to the school board. “The positive and professional manner in which this agreement was formalized is a testimony to the leadership and mutual respect represented by both parties.”

In the memorandum of understanding approved by the board, the union and district staff stated they “agree the above terms require the district to begin exploring cost saving measures for long term stability and fiscal solvency.”

The union agreed to select three members to participate in the budgeting process in the coming months.

“The district and CSEA are committed to collaborating during the spring budget development process so that total compensation interests for CSEA are considered at the onset of the budget development process,” the district and union said in their joint communication.