As of today (5/14/20) the Union sent a singed Agreement back to LPVEC to get drivers paid for the remainder of the 180 school days. This would allow drivers to get paid, the same way they have been getting paid, through the end of the school year. LPVEC proposed doing away completely with the end of the year attendance bonus of $200 for those with 5 or more sick days in the bank. The Union disagreed as a good portion of the school year had been attended as of March. The Union was successful in securing $100 of the $200 for the end of year bonus for those with 5 or more sick days in the bank. The rest of the contract is in full effect for the remainder of the year.
At this time the parties (lpvec and the Union) are working to negotiate a payment of wages through the end of the school year. The Employer has a meeting on monday (May 11) with the districts and we hope to know after that. If wages are continued to be paid until the end of school year they will be retro to the end of the last agreement that expired beginning of this week. If they are not, we will inform on what steps drivers and monitors should take regarding unemployment insurance. Please stay tuned next week to our website and LpVEc emails to stay informed.
Also please note, if the employer has and continues to pay you scheduled hours, the Union cautions against filing for unemployment. Should you receive a check (for close to the full amount of your normal pay) from lpvec and then open an unemployment claim and get paid there too, one may be required to pay back unemployment. Partial unemployment is only granted to folks who have lost a significant portion of pay. Please research whether you meet the criteria before filing.
I am happy to report that after about a week of negotiations between the Union, LPVEC and the Districts we have an extension of the first agreement and Drivers and Monitors will continued to be paid their standard hours through the newest shutdown timeframe of May 4th. Please see your LPVEC email for details on the agreement and call should you have any questions.
As we have reached the end of our first agreement with LPVEC and the districts to have been paid for the first several weeks, LPVEC is continuing to negotiate with the districts and the Union to get a plan moving forward. Of course the Union is advocating for full pay of standard hours moving forward until, at least, the May fourth deadline. For now Drivers and Monitors may file an unemployment claim for the week beginning April 6th. Be advised if you do this and a deal is reached to pay drivers you will need to cancel the claim and potential pay back money to unemployment if collected. We hope to know more by the end of the week so folks may want to hold off on filing claims until then.
I spoke with Anna Bishop today and she has some meetings planned for this coming Wednesday with the participating districts regarding what will be happening longer term pertaining to pay for drivers and monitors after April 6th. We will hopefully have more answers after Wednesday.
LPVEC: As the Districts have agreed to fund transportation at least for the three week shutdown, the Union was successful in negotiating drivers and monitors getting paid for their average hours for these days, minus two days. Two days out of the current three week shutdown are being made up in June, as of now, and so the Employer cannot pay drivers and monitors twice. As such, Drivers and Monitors shall be allowed to use sick or personal days to be paid at 4hrs per day for these two days. Outside of the two days Drivers and Monitors will be paid their average hours for the remainder of the three week shutdown. The Employer may have folks come in to clean a bus or work on a few of these days. If you wish to be paid on these days you will need to come in and work on these days when asked.