By Richard Bammer
A public hearing about the district’s initial contract proposal for contract talks with teacher union representatives, “sunshining” the initial contract proposal from the district’s school-support employees, and changes in school meal policies are on the agenda when Travis Unified leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.
The 275-member Travis Unified Teachers Association seeks a pay hike similar to the one recently accorded to Superintendent Kate Wren Gavlak, who last year received a nearly 11 percent salary boost after having no raises since 2007.
In their sunshine proposal, the rank and file from Chapter 424 of the California School Employees Association, which represents the district’s classified, or school support employees (bus drivers, office clerks, custodians, librarians, etc.), will likely also seek a raise that matches the teachers’ request. To “sunshine” bargaining proposals, as required by state law, gives the public a chance to see the topics upon which each side intends to bargain.