Message From President, Virginia M. Mills
Happy New School Year!
With the beginning of the new school year, it’s a good time to reflect on the past legislative session, and what ESEA and NSEA were able to accomplish. ESEA had a very strong presence at the Legislature this past session. There were some great wins for our bargaining unit. AB205 creates new (and free) professional development opportunities for our custodial and maintenance members through the Integrated Pest Management Institute of North America. It also seeks to prevent privatization of these roles in our schools. ESEA was also successful in removing language from a bill (SB41) that would have created new licensing requirements for paraprofessionals. We also worked on a variety of school safety items that seek to provide a safe and respectful learning and working environment. The biggest win for ESEA came in the form of the 3% raises for ALL educators, which includes Support Professionals. Governor Sisolak made this promise and ESEA, NSEA, and other stakeholders worked diligently to ensure the funding was secured. While negotiations are being finalized with CCSD, the agreement is for a 3% increase in pay in 2019-2020; a 5% step increase, if eligible, and an additional 4% for health insurance. In 2020-2021, a 5% step increase, if eligible, and 4% for health care. This represents the biggest win for ESEA in quite some time!