What are we fighting for?

Below is a review of EDU positions as of May 2014:

All educators still need the 21% raise that UESF put forward in April. SFUSD has used its increase to CalSTRS pension contributions to justify not offering us a larger raise. SFUSD has only offered us an 8.5% raise over 3 years. That is a major reason UESF and SFUSD are in “mediation.” We should not accept the “pension cost” rationale: the SFUSD position is NOT acceptable: Many of us cannot afford to live in San Francisco or remain SFUSD employees.

Hours/wages for a Classified (Paraprofessionals & Security)

UESF put forward a good proposal of an 8 hour workday for ALL classified. SFUSD rejected it completely. UESF then reduced its position to an 8-hour workday for T-10s (security aides) and only a 6-hour minimum for all other classified. All our classified members deserve a full-time work at our schools of up to 8 hours/day. Classified members will need to see significant increase in their wage steps, which currently reach the maximum step increases after only 5 years— if the poorest paid UESF classified members are to overcome poverty wages.

Local Control Funding Formula funds should support our students

SFUSD received an increase of millions of dollars for 2014-15.These funds are meant to support English language learners, students who live in poverty and those in foster care. Shouldn’t these funds be going to reduce class-size and to provide a rich curriculum instead of buying technology for test-taking? Moreover, shouldn’t a portion of these funds be earmarked to support immigrant students who have just arrived from Central America?

Preparation Time for Elementary Teachers

UESF is asking for 45 minutes of prep time for elementary teachers per day but is prepared to accept that the prep time come at the end of the instructional day. This is NOT “prep time” inside the instructional day, as is the usual practice in middle and high schools.

Class Size:

The UESF bargaining team has made class size proposals for ONLY grades 4/5, giving teachers “more resources and release time” if class sizes exceed contractual “goals.” This current practice at K–3 does NOT actually lower class size. CLASS SIZE limits need to means clear numerical limits at all grade levels set into our contract, not “compensation,” that leave workloads intact and that we cannot grieve over.

Meetings in the Work Day and Non-Instructional Time:

SFUSD is trying to extend our day with more after-school meetings. We must hold the line on this by rejecting attempts to weaken contract Article 7.2.7. where site UBCs have the power to hold site management to a reasonable meeting and Professional Development schedule.