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New in 2015-19 Contract

Article 9-1: WORK SCHEDULE AND WORK SPACE. The BOARD shall provide adequate work space for all PSRPs, including city-wide PSRPs, appropriate to their job duties. The work space shall include, at minimum, a desk, chair, access to a computer, working copiers, printer and telephones.

Article 9-2: PSRP PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT AND EVALUATION PLAN. The parties agree that the BOARD shall follow its PSRP Performance Evaluation Guidelines as customized for various employees within the bargaining unit, as it was promulgated on August 1, 2014. EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RATED UNSATISFACTORY SHALL BE AFFORDED THE REMEDIATION OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED IN THE PLAN.

Article 9-7: STAFF DEVELOPMENT. Staff development at the school level shall include professional learning pertinent to the work of PSRPs. The Board and the Union shall form an ad-hoc committee to study and make a plan to address staff development needs of the various PSRP job titles.

Article 9-10: LAYOFF AND RECALL. The BOARD’s ESP Layoff and Recall Policy will be applied to include criteria for determining bargaining unit employees to be laid-off. Except when bargaining unit employees are laid-off due to school actions employees shall be laid-off by school unit in the following manner:

The school principal or unit head shall determine the number of positions and which classification(s) within the unit shall be affected. Employees within those classifications will be laid-off in the following order:

  1. Employees who do not possess the highly qualified status or who do not hold necessary certification or other qualifications.
  2. Employees rated UNSATISFACTORY (i.e. below 1.9 points on current system in their most recent performance rating.
  3. Employees rated DEVELOPING (i.e. 2.0 – 2.6 points on the current evaluation system) in their most recent performance rating.
  4. All other employees by SENIORITY (Proficient & Excellent).

Article 20-6.7: MISSED LUNCH. Licensed Practical Nurses and Health Service Nurses who work through their regularly scheduled lunch period shall be permitted to schedule it at another time during the day, including at the end of the day.

Article 28-4: SUPPORT FOR OVER-ENROLLED K TO 2 CLASSES.

Effective second semester school year 2016-17 and each school year thereafter a teacher assistant or instructor assistant will be assigned to kindergarten to second grade classrooms that have 32 or more students enrolled on 10th day. The teacher assistant or instructor assistant shall assist in core instruction and may be shared with more than one classroom, provided the assistant is present for all instruction. The Board will implement this provision for the second semester of the 2016-17 school year.

Article 36: SALARIES AND OTHER COMPENSATION. Salary schedules will receive a cost of living adjustment in the following percentages on July 1st of the corresponding fiscal year.

FISCAL YEAR COLA LANES and STEPS
2016 0% None
2017 0% Effective July 1, 2016, teachers and PSRPs shall be restored to the appropriate step and lane reflecting their years of service and education (back pay to July 1, 2016).
2018 2% Yes
2019 2.5% Yes

Teachers and PSRPs hired on or after January 1, 2017 will not receive pension pick-up.

PSRP VOLUNTARY separation program.

CPS will offer a voluntary separation incentive to PSRPs who have 10 years of CPS service and who submit their resignation notice on or before March 31, 2017 with an effective retirement date of June 30, 2017 provided that a minimum of 600 PSRPs who are currently eligible to participate. The incentive program will be a one-time non-pensionable lump sum bonus payment equal to the PSRP’s years of CPS service (not including fractions of years) times $750, payable by December 31, 2017. If the minimum isn’t met, the PSRP will be allowed to rescind the retirement notice.

Article 37-4: Unused Sick Day Banks Earned Prior to July 1, 2012.

Qualifying Events Percentage of Accumulated Sick Leave to be Paid Out
Resignation or retirement with 33.95 or more years of service 100%
Resignation or retirement with at least 20 years but less than 33.95 years of service 90%
Resignation or retirement at age 65 with less than 20 years of service 85%
Employee’s Death 100%

Appendix I: LAYOFF, INTERIM ASSIGNMENT AND REAPPOINTMENT OF PSRPs.

Layoff of PSRPs. Appendix I of the collective bargaining agreement pertaining to interim assignments shall be amended to allow that PSRPs rated developing or better shall be placed in positions for which they qualify that are vacant on the 20th day until the end of the semester.

D. Re-staffing of a Bargaining Unit ESP Position in the Laid off ESP Employee’s Classification or Job Title at the School or Unit During the 2 Years following Layoff of Bargaining Unit ESP Employees. This recall provision shall apply to PSRPs laid-off on or after February 1, 2014.

In the case of a school closing or consolidation, teacher assistant rated proficient or better who are assigned to provide service to a student under an IEP who is transferred shall be transferred with the student to the receiving school or other school that the student chooses.

In the case of school closing or consolidations, PSRPs rated proficient or better shall be transferred to the receiving school to the extent that vacancies are opened in their titles at the receiving school as a result of the receipt of students.

Article 9: PARAPROFESSIONAL AND SCHOOL-RELATED PERSONNEL (PSRP)

9-1: Work Schedule and Work Space. PSRPs are on duty seven hours and fifteen minutes each school day, exclusive of a thirty-minute lunch period. PSRP shall be scheduled for a ten-minute relief period during the morning and a ten-minute relief period during the afternoon.
9-2: PSRP Professional Support and Evaluation Plan. The parties agree that the Board shall follow its PSRP performance Evaluation Guidelines as customized for various employees within the bargaining unit, as it was promulgated on August 1, 2014. Employees who are rated unsatisfactory shall be afforded the remediation opportunity provided in the plan.
9-3: Security After Working Hours. No PSRP shall be requested to remain in a school building after that employee’s regular working hours, unless security is provided in the work area.
9-4: PSRP Duties and Responsibilities. “…Such personnel shall not be used as a substitute for a teacher except for temporary emergency supervisory duty… shall not exceed sixty minutes…”
9-5: Transfer Windows. PSRPs may apply to transfer to vacant positions for which they qualify at any time during the school year.
9-6: Governing Policies and Procedures. PSRPs shall continue to be subject to the Rules of the Board of Education, applicable BOARD guidelines, BOARD policies and procedures and this Agreement.
9-7: Staff Development. Staff development at the school level shall include professional learning pertinent to the work of PSRPs. The Board and the Union shall form an ad-hoc committee to study and make a plan to address staff development needs of the various PSRP job titles.
9-8: Administrative Transfers. Administrative transfers shall be executed promptly by the sending school’s principal.
9-9: Advance Step Placement. “When the BOARD appoints a PSRP to a full-time teaching position and the PSRP has been employed by the BOARD for a minimum of one full school year without a break in service prior to appointment to the teaching position, the BOARD shall place the PSRP on a step equivalent to his or her years of service as a PSRP with the BOARD up to Step 5…”
9-10: Layoff and Recall. The Board’s ESP Layoff and Recall Policy will be applied to include criteria for determining bargaining unit employees to be laid-off. Except when bargaining unit employees are laid-off due to school actions, employees shall be laid-off by school unit in the following manner:
The school principal or unit head shall determine the number of positions and which classification(s) within the unit shall be affected. Employees within those classifications will be laid-off in the following order:

  1. Employees who do not possess the highly qualified status or who do not hold necessary certifications or other qualifications;
  2. Employees rated unsatisfactory (i.e. below 1.9 points on current system) in their most recent performance rating.
  3. Employees rated developing (i.e. 2.0 – 2.6 points on the current evaluation system) in their most recent performance rating.
  4. All other employees by seniority (Proficient and Excellent).

9-11: Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel and No Child Left Behind Act. The BOARD agrees that it will reimburse a PSRP for the cost of the test options requires by the No Child Left Behind Act, provided the PSRP submits written verification of passage of such test.

9-16.3: Crossing Activities. “The BOARD, principals and head administrators shall not assign PSRPs to work outside the school traffic zone designated by traffic control barricades or to perform traffic control activities, including setting up barricades…”

9-16.4: Reclassification of Teacher Assistant. The BOARD shall not reclassify a teacher assistant to a special educational classroom assistant who does not perform diapering and feeding.

Article 14: Safe and Healthy Work Environment.

Article 14-3: Special Notice for Victims of Violence. “In the event of a school-related assault on or battery of a teacher or PSRP, the Law Department of the BOARD, when notified, shall inform the teacher or PSRP of the teacher’s or PSRP’s legal rights, and the teacher or PSRP shall be assisted by the Law Department in court appearances.

Principals shall immediately report all school-related assaults by telephone, followed by a written or online assault or battery report, to the Department of Safety and Security and to their respective Area Instruction Officer. The member shall receive a copy of the assault or battery report at this time. The Department of Safety and Security shall immediately notify the Law Department of the BOARD…”

Article 14-4: Special Leave Benefits for Victims of Violence

14-4.1: Compensation and Medical Benefits. Subject to the credit below, bargaining unit employees whose absences result from a school- related assault or battery shall be paid full salary and medical expense by the BOARD for the time of their total temporary incapacity, and no deductions shall be made from accumulated sick days.

14-4.2: Coordination with Workers’ Compensation Benefits. “There shall be coordination of salary payable hereunder with any sums payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act for temporary total incapacity for work in that, in calculating the amount due to an employee under this Section, the BOARD shall be entitled to and shall take credit for any sum payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act for temporary total disability…”

14-4.3: Reporting of Cases of Assault or Battery. Bargaining unit employees shall immediately or as soon as they are able report to school principal all cases of assault or battery in which they are involved while acting in the course of their employment.

14-4.4: Responsibility to Supply Information and Cooperate in Legal Action. Each bargaining unit employee shall be responsible for supplying any available information concerning a school-related assault or battery and shall cooperate in any subsequent legal action concerning said incident.

Article 24: Summer School

24-1: Applications. “Each year summer school employment applications (including for Drivers Education) shall be available on or before the Monday following spring recess…”

24-4: Selection Process of PSRPs.

24-4.2: When summer school programs are so designated as on-going in accordance with Article 24-6, in order to provide continuity of services, a PSRP regularly assigned to said program shall be selected for that summer school program if a position in the PSRP’s job title is necessary. Such service shall be considered as summer employment. Summative ratings may be a consideration.

24-4.3: In order to provide continuity of service, one of the regular school clerks regularly assigned to a school shall be retained for summer service, if a school clerk position is necessary for said program. Such service shall be considered as summer school employment.

If the regular school clerks assigned to the school during the regular school year waive this opportunity, the position shall be filled in accordance with Article 24-4.1.

Article 36 Salaries and Other Compensation

Article 36-1: Salaries, Compensation and Remuneration Provisions. “…Salary schedules will receive a cost of living adjustment in the following percentages on July 1st of the corresponding fiscal year…”

Fiscal Year COLA Lanes and Steps
2016 0% None
2017 0% Effective July 1, 2016, teachers and PSRPs shall restored to the appropriate step and lane reflecting their years of service and education (back pay to 7/1/16)
2018 2% YES
2019 2.5% YES

Article 36-7: PSRP Bonus. Effective February 1, 2016, the PSRP bonus shall be eliminated and effective July 1, 2016 $200 shall be added to PSRPs’ base salary.

Article 37: Sick Days and Short-Term Disability Leave

Article 37-1.2: New Employee Eligibility. New employees are not eligible for sick days during the first sixty calendar days of their employment. After this sixty-day (60) period such employees shall accrue and be granted sick days retroactive to their dates appointment.

Article 37-2.2: Longevity. PSRPs. Effective July 1, 2008 and thereafter, the BOARD shall credit PSRPs who are at Step 6 on the PSRP salary schedule and who have at least thirteen (13) years of experience with one additional sick day per year. Effective July 1 2008 and thereafter, BOARD shall credit PSRP who are at Step 7 of the PSRP salary schedule and who have at least eighteen (18) years of experience with two additional sick days per year.

Article 37-4: Unused Sick Day Banks Earned Prior to July 1, 2012. “Bargaining unit employees shall retain any bank of unused sick days that the bargaining unit employee accumulated prior to July 1, 2012 in a “retained sick day bank”. Employees may use days from their retained sick day bank for the purposes set forth in Article 37-3…”

Qualifying Event Percentage of Accumulated Sick leave to be paid out
Resignation or retirement with 33.95 or more years of service 100%
Resignation or retirement with at least 20 but less than 33.95 years of service 90%
Resignation or retirement at age 65 with less than 20 years of service 85%
Employee’s Death 100%

Appendix A Salary Schedule and Other Compensation

STEP Years of Service
1 1st year
2 After 1 Year
3 After 2 years
4 3.5 to 6 years inclusive
5 7th to 11th year inclusive
6 12th to 16th year inclusive
7 17th to 18th year inclusive
8 19th to 20th year inclusive
9 21st to 24th year inclusive
10 25th year and Thereafter

Appendix I: LAYOFF, INTERIM ASSIGNMENT AND REAPPOINTMENT OF PSRPS.

Layoff of PSRPs. Appendix I of the collective bargaining agreement pertaining to interim assignment shall be amended to allow that PSRPs rated developing or better shall be placed in position for which they qualify that are vacant on the 20th day until the end of the semester.

D. Re-staffing of a Bargaining Unit ESP position in the Laid off ESP Employee’s Classification or job Title at the School or Unit During the 2 Years following of bargaining Unit PSRP Employees. This recall provision shall apply to PSRP laid-off on or after February 1, 2014.

In the case of a school closing or consolidation, teacher assistant rated proficient or better who are assigned to provide service to a student under an IEP who is transferred shall be transferred with the student to the receiving school or other school that the student chooses.

In the case of school closing or consolidations. PSRPs rated proficient or better shall be transferred to the receiving school to the extent that vacancies are opened in their titles at the receiving school as a result of the receipt of students.
 

PSRP functional groups

  • 9-12: Truant Officers
  • 9-13: School Library Assistants
  • 9-14: School Clerks
  • 9-15: Audiometric and Visions Screening Technicians
  • 9-16: Teacher Assistants
  • 9-17: School Assistants
  • 9-18: Computer Technicians and Technology Coordinators l, ll, and III
  • Head Start Educational Recourse Assistant
  • Hospital Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Youth Intervention Specialist
  • Guidance Counselor Assistant
  • College Career Coach and Post-Secondary Liaisons