Educators for a Democratic Union activists believe that we need to use our collective strength to get the best possible contract for our members.Therefore, we call on our leadership to:
1. Maintain the demand for a 21% raise!
2. Set the date for a second strike vote without further delay.
3. Tell our members that a strike will be needed to win our just demands.
We hope you can help us voice this message at the UESF assembly this Wednesday…… IDA B Wells High School at 4:15 pm.
Below is a more complete version of EDU’s perspective on the contract:
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 immediately collapsed to a new position of 8-hr for T-10s and only a 6-hour minimum for all other classified. All our classified members deserve a full-time job at our schools of up to 8 hours/day.
Classified will need to see significant increase in their wage steps which max out after only 5 years if we are to lift our poorest members out of poverty wages.
Local Control Funding Formula- 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 students 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.
The UESF bargaining team initially ONLY made class-size proposals for 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 mean real caps. Class-size reductions 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 extend our work day and by attempts by SFUSD to weaken 7.2.7, which empowers UBCs to hold management to a reasonable meeting and PD schedule.
Lita Blanc for EDU