GDOE and GFT complete negotiations on collective bargaining agreement

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“We look forward to welcoming our students and faculty back from the holiday break, and to a successful last half of the school year,” GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez said.

The GEB will meet to decide whether or not to ratify the new CBA on September 19th. The GFT plans to ratify the CBA before the GEB meeting.

The Guam Department of Education and the Guam Federation of Teachers have reached an agreement on the revised collective bargaining agreement or CBA.

According to a release from GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez the negotiating teams for both groups met on August 24 to discuss the eleven areas of the CBA that Attorney General Elizabeth Barret Andersen asked the two entities to reconsider or clarify. The negotiating teams addressed the A.G.’s concerns and drafted a revised agreement. Yesterday, (Mon.) Fernandez and GFT President Sanjay Sharma reached an agreement that they will submit to their respective memberships for ratification. If ratified the CBA must still be approved by both the Attorney General and the Governor. The GEB will meet to decide whether or not to ratify the new CBA on September 19th. The GFT plans to ratify the CBA before the GEB meeting.

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September 4, 2017
 
GDOE AND GFT NEGOTIATORS REACH AGREEMENT ON REVISED CBA
Guam Department of Education (“GDOE”) Superintendent Jon Fernandez and Guam Federation of Teachers (“GFT”) President Sanjay Sharma today announced progress on the collective bargaining negotiations between the Guam Education Board (“GEB”) and the teachers union.
 
The negotiating teams for GDOE and the GFT met on Thursday, August 24, 2017, to address Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson’s written response to the collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) that was previously executed by the GEB and GFT in March 2017. Barrett-Anderson’s approval is required before the CBA can be finalized.
 
The Attorney General’s letter contained eleven areas for reconsideration or clarification, each of which was addressed by the negotiating teams and incorporated into a revised agreement.  On Monday, September 4, 2017, Fernandez and Sharma reached agreement on the revised CBA, which they will endorse this week as lead negotiators and submit to the GEB and GFT membership for ratification.  Upon ratification, the CBA will be transmitted to the Attorney General for her approval before being sent to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo for final action.
 
“I believe we have addressed the Attorney General’s concerns,” said Superintendent Fernandez. “Both teams are committed to getting an agreement signed and in place. Both the Board and I are committed to continuing to build a collaborative working relationship with our teachers as we join hands to provide our children the best education possible.”
 
“I am grateful that both negotiating teams worked together in a diligent manner to resolve the issues expressed by Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson,” added Sharma. “I hope the momentum and excitement translates into a cordial management-union rapport as we focus on the learning needs of our students.”
 
The GEB will have an opportunity to review and approve the revised CBA at its next regular board meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, September 19, 2017.  The GFT is committed to ratifying the CBA prior to the GEB meeting.