The Fight against Layoffs Starts Now

Posted on November 29, 2017

Bargaining Update

November 29, 2017

Bargaining Highlights

  • SDUSD’s Class Size proposal seeks new takebacks on elementary staffing allocations, on top of the takebacks they are still proposing on secondary staffing allocations.
  • With yesterday’s Class Size proposal and last session’s Special Education proposal, Superintendent Cindy Marten and the School Board are now paving the way for big educator layoffs this spring.
  • The District’s team repeated their same 0% wage proposal for two and possibly three years.
  • SDEA’s team made proposals to improve special education staffing and strengthen shared decision-making.
  • If we want to protect our schools, our jobs and contract, we must be ready to fight back.

Read below for additional details and full proposals.

SDUSD Once Again Balancing Their Budget Mistakes on the Backs of Educators

As SDEA members’ pop-up picket organizing was sweeping the District earlier this month, SDUSD asked to add several bargaining dates to the calendar before year’s end. SDEA’s team agrees that we need a fair settlement now, not later. But if Superintendent Cindy Marten and the School Board think that what they sent to the table yesterday is going to get us there, they are wrong. While declining enrollment and its effects on the District’s budget are real, it’s also true that the proportion of the budget spent on SDEA’s bargaining unit has been steadily declining for at least five years. The District might have budget problems, but chief among them is a refusal to prioritize students and frontline educators. If we are going to reach a contract settlement, that needs to change.

District Now Seeking Across-the-Board Class Size Increases

SDUSD made a regressive bargaining proposal on class size that would eliminate the elementary staffing allocations. They also repeated their proposal to eliminate secondary staffing allocations. Staffing allocations are what guarantee the number of teachers a school gets. The District’s proposal would cut the amount of teachers TK-12, resulting in bigger classes across the board and enabling Superintendent Cindy Marten and the School Board to issue a wave of layoff notices this spring.

District Makes No Movement on Wages, Hours or Transfer

SDUSD’s team passed their same wage proposal from September: No raises at all for two and possibly three years. They are still refusing to expand elementary enrichment opportunities/prep time. And instead of giving any consideration at all to SDEA’s ambitious, cost-neutral proposal to bargain a new, fair transfer process, the District proposed simply creating a committee.

SDEA’s Team is Fighting for Special Education and Shared Decision-making Improvements

In the last bargaining session, SDUSD’s team proposed increasing special educator caseloads, paving the way for reduced services to students and special educator layoffs.

Yesterday, SDEA’s team fought back. Our proposal would:

  •         Keep Education Specialist Mild/Moderate teachers at 20:1
  •         Lower Resource Specialists to 20:1
  •         Make caseload numbers a hard cap
  •         Impose an immediate financial penalty for caseload overages
  •         Strengthen the rights of general educators with more than 20% of students with IEPs
  •         Require the District to produce an operational description with a full continuum of special education services available

SDEA’s Team Wins Movement on Leaves, Discipline Rights

SDEA’s team has been fighting to expand members’ ability to use personal business leave. This issue is about respect. Yesterday, the District’s team finally made movement in the right direction. The District’s proposal would essentially roll personal business leave into the personal necessity category and increase the amount of leave from three to eleven days. Their proposal would also lift the bar against attaching the leave to a vacation, and remove the current 48-hour noticing requirement.

SDUSD also made movement towards SDEA’s proposal to align employee suspensions with the requirements of the education code.

These are steps in the right direction, but combined with the District’s proposals on wages, class size, hours and other core L.E.A.R.N. priorities, they are nowhere near what we need to settle a fair contract.

What Next?

Bargaining continues tomorrow, Dec. 11 and Dec. 14. Keep in touch with your AR and CAT teams to find out how we can fight back together.


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