We deserve better: VOTE NO!

The tentative agreement represents what the bargaining team settled for at the table, rather than the outcome of a strategy based on mobilization and pressure, including systematic work to rule, organizing more community support, a second strike vote and a possible strike.

The full statement put out by activists from Educators for a Democratic Union is below.

We deserve better!
Vote NO on the Tentative Agreement/TA!

This TA represents what the Bargaining Team/BT settled for at the table, as opposed to a strategy based on mobilization and pressure, including systematic work-to-rule, organizing more community/parent support, a second strike vote, and a possible strike.

On wages and salary…
• Why are we agreeing to only a 12% raise, down from 21% ?
• For certificated staff, during the third year of our contract, 2% of that 12% raise will be going straight out of our paychecks to cover an increased STRS contribution. So certificated do NOT actually get a 12% raise over 3 years. (We note that United Teachers of Los Angeles is pressuring LA Unified for a 10% raise for one year.)
• For classified members, UESF agreed to only a single step increase, rather than the three step increases the UESF Bargaining Team initially proposed. The added 3% is a real gain but still woefully insufficient.
• The re-opener language on compensation is
o weak in compelling SFUSD to increase compensation and
o is quite late in the 3 year contract cycle
Will UESF members get ANY more $$ from the re-opener clause, as it is written?

The TA includes significant gains,including:
• improved language for substitutes,
• child-bonding leaves,
• partial repayment of lost hours for security guards and
• additional pay for high school counselors.

Modified language on site-based meetings:
• At TK to 5th grade sites, the TA offers administrators the possibility of scheduling up to six (6!) hours of mandated meetings PLUS two (2) faculty meetings per month. This may result in a net increase in mandated meetings.
• However, for TK -12 sites (all divisions) site-based activities inside the work day apart from instructional time (including after-school parent and student meetings) are now acknowledged as part of the work week, and subject to UBC concurrence in scheduling.

Elementary prep time: 150 minutes weekly, before or after our instructional day, but inside the 35 hour work week. 150 minutes is a gain over 60 minutes. However most prep time will not be scheduled within the instructional day.

Increased transparency and member participation!

Before mediation, the UESF Bargaining Team reported to the membership (via email, and to the Executive Board and the Assembly) regarding the specifics of the bargaining process.

Mediation meant the UESF leadership ONLY reported bargaining details in closed sessions of the Executive Board (and in generalities to the Assembly and by UESF email). This kept UESF members “on the sidelines” for months, although there was site-based organizing of parent support AND “work-to-rule” activity at several school sites.

We could have avoided some of the shortcomings of this setttlement by actively engaging UESF members in the bargaining process.
• The Exective Board and Assembly could have set the bargaining priorities, rather than giving the UESF Bargaining Team the full authority.
• We could have held open public bargaining sessions, as done by AFT 2121 with CCSF.
• We could have increased active parent and community pressure by publicly demanding SFUSD open books and accountablity in budgeting.

EDU believes we could have gotten a better deal for our members, had we focused more on pressuring SFUSD, including real preparation to go on strike.

VOTE NO! Send a message to our UESF leadership that we deserve a better deal!

Call a second strike vote!
Prepare for a possible strike!

Contact EDU- We want to hear
from you!
Email: edudemocraticunion@gmail.com

We meet monthly.
The next EDU meeting is:
Thursday, December 11th
4:30-6:30

Glen Park Library
2825 Diamond St.