Our Pressure is Working – Tentative Agreement Reached on Safety

Posted on November 3, 2017

District Still Needs to Make Real Movement on L.E.A.R.N.!

Bargaining Update

November 3, 2017

Bargaining Highlights

  • Over the last two bargaining sessions, SDEA has made thirteen proposals, including a comprehensive proposal to settle our entire L.E.A.R.N. campaign with a fair raise and the supports our schools need.
  • The District brought only two proposals yesterday. They responded to only one piece of our L.E.A.R.N. settlement package—Article 8: Hours—and rejected almost all of our proposed improvements.
  • The District has not moved off their proposals for a 0% raise, increased class size, weakened seniority rights in our transfer process, and no improvements for Special Education.
  • We did reach a tentative agreement on Article 11: Safety.
  • SDEA proposed several new articles designed to stabilize our schools through charter school accountability, a Parent Teacher Home Visit program, and a commitment to increase school funding.

Read below for additional details and full proposals.

SDEA Wins Strong Safety Improvements

  • Yesterday we reached a tentative agreement on Article 11: Safety that includes:
  • Air conditioning in all classrooms, with construction to start no later than Feb. 2019.
  • Protections for members whose non-classroom workspaces will not be air conditioned.
  • Staff members who don’t receive training and resources to implement restorative justice cannot be required to do so.
  • Requirement that the principal contact parents when a teacher suspends a student from class.
  • Increased reimbursement amounts for personal property damaged at work, with the current cumbersome pre-registration process removed.
  • Adequate workspace for counselors.

The sooner we settle and ratify the rest of our contract, the sooner these new benefits and protections will take effect!

No New Movement towards Our L.E.A.R.N. Goals

Despite the SDEA bargaining team taking the lead two weeks ago with an across-the-board package proposal to settle our entire L.E.A.R.N. campaign, the District’s team failed to return with an equally substantive package of counter-proposals. Instead, the District came back with one counter-proposal to our broader package and proposed only on Article 8: Hours. They state they want to settle our contract as quickly as possible, but that won’t happen if they continue to bring only two proposals to each session. The SDEA Board has given our bargaining team the full direction and authority needed to settle a L.E.A.R.N. contract NOW. The Superintendent and School Board need to do the same.

SDEA Makes Ambitious Proposals to Stabilize Our Public Schools

New Revenues

California is the sixth largest economy in the world and the richest state in the union. Yet our funding for students ranks 46th in the country and we have over 50% of our students living in poverty. We must invest in the schools ALL our students need and deserve. To achieve that goal, SDEA proposed that the District commit to securing funding for our schools at a level of $20,000 per student by 2020.

Parent Teacher Home Visits

SDEA has taken the lead in piloting a Parent Teacher Home Visit (PTHV) program in SDUSD. PTHV is a national program designed to strengthen relationships between educators and families, with the proven effect of keeping students in district schools. Millennial Tech Middle School was the first in our District to pilot the program, with great success. Yesterday, SDEA proposed memorializing that program into our contract. Sites could choose to participate, and member participants at each site could volunteer, get training, and receive pay to conduct visits.

Charter School Accountability

SDEA proposed new accountability measures around charter schools designed to the level the playing field for charter and district schools. These include:

·         A new educational impact report for the authorization or reauthorization of charter schools.

·         New non-discrimination measures for charter schools, including an investigation trigger whenever 5% or more of students with IEPs or English Learners leave a charter school.

·         Stronger rules around charter school co-locations on district school campuses.

Get Ready for the Nov. 8 Pop-up Picket!

Yesterday’s bargaining session shows us yet again that the District isn’t going to hand over a fair contract just because the bargaining team asks. They need to see all 6,000+ SDEA members seated at the table.

We made the Superintendent and School Board a promise: Settle a fair L.E.A.R.N. contract with us now, or we’re picketing on Nov. 8. The District passed up the opportunity to settle with us yesterday. Now it’s time for us to make good on our promise!

Let’s show the Superintendent and School Board what it looks like when 6,000 members at 130 schools demand a fair contract now. Make sure to check in with your site AR so you know what time your site will be picketing on Nov. 8. When we all stand together, we win!

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