Support your Bargaining Team and Fight Layoffs!

March 13, 2017

Please join your SDEA Bargaining Team, Bargaining Commission, and SDEA leadership as we “sunshine” our initial proposal for the 2017-2018 bargaining campaign and call for NO layoffs at the SDUSD Board meeting TOMORROW (Tuesday, March 14th) from 4:30-6:00 PM.

  • Lower Class Size
  • Expanded Enrichment Classes
  • Attract and Keep the Best Educators
  • Resources for kids
  • No Destabilizing Schools

Joint Election Letter

November 10, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

This week, as a nation, we held our breath to see how others would respond to the most divisive presidential election in our lifetimes. We can be proud that the students, teachers and staff of San Diego Unified responded to those results with grace and compassion. We gathered ourselves in classrooms and conference rooms and pledged to support one another and the students we serve. It is up to all of us to continue building on that response in the time ahead.

We work every day to create positive school climates and cultures where everyone is respected and seen as a valued member of the school community. We acknowledge that there may be students feeling vulnerable as a result of the election. We also have community members who are celebrating the results. No matter your perspective, it is important for us to affirm as staff, that no election result will ever change our values and commitment to each and every student. Our values will always be peace, tolerance and respect for multiple perspectives.

Our School Board and staff have set a wonderful example by encouraging us to use the National Election as a chance to teach civility and civil discourse. Now is the time to reaffirm this commitment. We will not hide from conflicts and disagreements; rather we will use this opportunity to teach our students to peacefully work through conflict. Our students are looking to the adults for modeling and guidance during this time.

Some of our students may be worrying that friends, family, or loved ones are at risk of being harmed. Our ability to provide the safe environments to voice these fears will help both the individual students who are worried and will help create safer schools for all students we serve.

San Diego Unified has taken a leadership role in being proactive and providing support options for our students in dealing with times of conflict. If students or staff need additional support encourage them to seek support from staff (administrators, teachers, school counselors, nurses), family or a trusted adult.

The following strategies are designed to help teachers and staff provide students with the necessary support – although each should be adapted to suit the age of the children involved.

  • Allow students to talk about their feelings, acknowledge their concerns, and reassure students that they are safe.
  • Remind students that schools are safe places. Give them examples of how we maintain safety at all of our schools – the rules and procedures we follow each day.
  • Review classroom rules and expectations for responsible citizenship.
  • Keep students focused in the present moment and the work for that particular day.
  • Watch for students who do not express their concerns verbally. Remain calm and reassuring should they express impatience, anger, or regressive behaviors.
  • Take advantage of school resources if students do not seem to be coping well. Connect with your school counselor, psychologist and/or nurse for classroom support, or to work with students who may need individual support.

We should also remind students they are living in a caring community. The people of San Diego and California went out Tuesday and took concrete actions to improve children’s lives.

  • We live in a State where schools are valued and voters Tuesday passed Prop 51 and 55 to create new educational opportunities for children.
  • We live in a state where cultural diversity is valued, and millions of people came out Tuesday to support teaching different languages in our schools through Prop 58.
  • We live in a City where children led a campaign to save a high school in danger of being closed, and voters listened to the children by passing Prop I to save San Diego High.
  • We live in a school district where leaders who stand up for tolerance are supported, and every member of the school board facing election Tuesday was re-elected.

Let’s be reminded that everyone has a community of support that is standing ready to guide them through the transitioning world we live in. Challenging times bring about opportunities for growth and positive outcomes. They allow us to enter into dialogue with our children regarding the importance of their role as the future leaders of the country.

Unlike almost any other profession imaginable, teaching is one that calls on us every day to think about our legacy. We know as teachers we are educating not only the children in front of us, but their children and grandchildren to follow. In the same way, we are building a legacy of caring and compassion as a school community through the institutions we create – the restorative justice approaches and our integrated student supports.

Our country is similarly filled with strong and enduring institutions. We have more than enough capacity to survive any one dramatic national event. As we move forward together, let’s focus on what makes us strong as a nation and a school community. After all, nothing ever stands still, and it is up to each of us every day to decide whether we keep moving forward or allow ourselves to stand still. San Diego Unified School District is committed to keep moving forward.

As we head into this Veterans Day with our minds on their national service, we hope you and your families enjoy a peaceful extended weekend.

Sincerely,                                                        Sincerely,

Cindy Marten                                                 Lindsay Burningham

Superintendent                                             President, SDEA







SDEA Bargaining Team Reaches Tentative Agreement on a Fair and Competitive Salary Increase

September 30, 2016

After seven rounds of negotiations that first began last school year, your SDEA bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement on a fair and competitive 4% across-the-board salary increase for all of our members. If ratified by the SDEA membership, this increase would bring our highest step for most of our members to over $95,000 a year, in addition to substantially improving career earnings.

Under the terms of the tentative agreement, this pay increase would be implemented in two phases:

·         3% of the raise will be retroactive to July 1, 2016 for every SDEA member.

·         A compounded 1% increase effective January 1, 2017 for SDEA members who are on the 12 pay plan and February 1, 2017 for those on the 10 pay plan.

Although there was interest in restructuring the salary schedule, we could not reach agreement on a restructure of teachers’ salaries. Both parties realized more work and time was needed to finalize a restructure. For that reason, we focused instead on negotiating an across-the-board percentage salary increase that would improve compensation of our members, while helping the district recruit and retain the best and brightest educators. We feel strongly we achieved that goal.

In addition, we also reached agreement on a fair hourly compensation plan for supervision duties at sporting events, dances, etc. Additionally, the parties reached agreement on compacting the Early Childhood Education (ECE) salary schedules from twenty-four (24) to seventeen (17) steps improving career earnings and moving Audiologists from the Appendix A to Appendix G, Speech and Language Pathologists salary schedule.

In order to go into effect, this tentative agreement must be approved by a vote of the SDEA membership and the SDUSD Board of Education. Stay tuned for further details on the ratification vote.

District Proposes a Salary Increase…with a Catch!

August 2, 2016

Proposed Increase Would Only Impact About Half of SDEA Members!

August 1, 2016 Bargaining Update

The SDEA Bargaining Team met with the District’s Bargaining Team on Thursday, July 28, 2016 to continue negotiations for a 2016/17 salary increase for SDEA Members.

The District proposed a restructuring of specific teachers’ salary schedules that will result in pay increases for only about 50% of SDEA members. The district’s rationale for this was to recruit and retain new hires and long-term employees. Unfortunately, only those members at the very beginning of the salary schedules, Steps 1, 2 & 3 or last Step of the salary schedule, Step 17, would receive salary increases. With this proposal, the other 50% of our membership would not receive a salary increase.

The SDEA Bargaining Team rejected the District’s divisive offer that would leave about 3,600 SDEA members without any salary increase. However, the District’s overall proposal today represented an increase to $12 million up from their last proposal of 1%. The cost of a 1% salary increase is about $6.2 million.

The parties made progress in compacting the salary schedule for educators in the Early Childhood Education program. This compaction of the salary schedule will result in higher career earnings for ECE teachers.

The parties agreed to reconvene negotiations on August 25th and September 15th.

Site Delegations Stand in Support of Bargaining Team at Board Meeting

June 16, 2016

SDEA Members Stand in support of our Bargaining Team at School Board Meeting
At Tuesday’s school board meeting, SDEA’s bargaining team notified the district of our intent to begin bargaining for a wage increase for 2016-17. Our speakers, including members of the bargaining team, rank and file educators, members of SDEA’s board of directors, and SDEA president Lindsay Burningham, eloquently demanded that the district invest directly in the classroom. Site /Program Delegations from across our union packed the auditorium and stood behind the bargaining team in solidarity and showed the district that we stand together! Our first bargaining sessions is scheduled for Monday, June 27th. We will be providing you regular updates throughout the process.

Join the Fight for Education Funding!

March 11, 2016

With the expiration of Prop. 30 looming, educators have an important opportunity to protect funding for our schools and classrooms through the Children’s Education & Health Care Protection Act. 585,000 signatures are needed to get this crucial proposition on the ballot this fall. As part of CTA’s campaign to collect those signatures, SDEA’s goal is 3,500—but we can do even better! Click the link  below to learn more, and see your site Association Representative to sign on!

Children’s Education and Healthcare Protection Act

Also, available for SDEA’s membership is the video shared at last Wednesday’s Rep Council meeting showing how we can collect signatures on the petition to get the Proposition 30 extension on the June 2016 ballot.

Disability and Life Insurance Enrollment Opportunity for SDEA Members

March 2, 2016

March 1 – April 30, 2016

Don’t miss an exclusive opportunity to enroll in the CTA-endorsed Disability and Life Insurance plans provided by Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) without providing proof of good health.* Did you know that Disability Insurance can help you pay for things medical insurance doesn’t cover if you are unable to work due to an illness or injury? Learn more about how Disability Insurance works in this video.

For more information about your special enrollment opportunity visit

* Disability Insurance enrollment without providing proof of good health is dependent on SDEA achieving the Disability Insurance application goal. For details, please visit the campaign webpage

For costs and further details of the coverage, including exclusions, any reductions or limitations and the terms under which the policy may be continued in force, please contact Standard Insurance Company at 800-522-0406 (TTY).

Standard Insurance Company, 1100 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204    GP190-LTD/S399/CTA.1     GP190-LIFE/S399/CTA3

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