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January 16, 2019
The SRTA-SRCS negotiations focused on total compensation during our discussions today, and SRTA continues to push Forward, Not Backward in our fight for improved compensation and working conditions for all of our members.
Students are the center of SRTA’s goals. (https://www.wearesrta.org/srta-vision-and-goals.html) Our first priority is what it has always been -- student learning. Major components of our proposal include much needed supports for our special education students by guaranteeing class sizes and increasing access to special services by reducing the workloads and caseloads of educators like school psychologists and speech and language pathologists.
We have also proposed much needed supports for students as they rise to the new, challenging high school graduation requirements by requiring small class sizes for 9th grade ELA, math, and science classes.
SRTA also prioritizes student learning by prioritizing the well-being of our members. A healthy, balanced educator can better meet the needs of students. An educator who can afford basic needs can focus on student learning.
In 2018, the average California educator wage was $80,680. The average benefits contribution was $13,773.
The average total compensation in California was $94,453!
For 2018-2019, the average SRCS wage for our unit members is $73,705, with a maximum benefits compensation of $5,300.
The average total compensation for SRCS is $79,005!
Santa Rosa teachers earn $15,448 below the state average. If the District were to agree to SRTA’s proposals on pay and benefits for 2019-20, Santa Rosa educators would still be $7,106 below the 2018 state average in 2019.
The Negotiation Teams will meet again on February 1st, and we look forward to seeing a serious response from SRCS to our proposals for compensation.
SRTA and SRCS met at the table on Thursday, Jan. 10th.
Minor differences are being ironed out in Article 9: Evaluations and Article 13: Transfers and Reassignments. Those articles should be concluded soon.
SRTA presented our response to Article 6: Hours and Days of Employment. The District’s Article 6 proposal was a complete rewrite of the important improvements to our working conditions around meetings and adjunct duties that we negotiated just slightly more than one year ago. SRTA felt that most of the proposal was a non-starter; the overall impression was SRCS wants more control over our time, and wants us to do more for less compensation. More meetings, more student supervision, double the adjunct duty (which would add more than one day’s worth of unpaid work), cut the two PD days (1.2% paycut), possible loss of prep time, and a possibility of a required one hour, unpaid, every day after school for IEPs, SSTs and 504 meetings. SRTA’s full response document is below.
SRTA and SRCS will meet at the table Wednesday, Jan. 16. Please wear Blue and Gold in support of our negotiating team’s efforts this day. SRCS will respond to our proposals for Article 16: Compensation as well as Article 14: Class Size.
SRTA Response to the SRTA Proposal on Article 6
This is SRCS's proposal marked up with SRTA's responses.
Negotiations Update - SRCS Proposals on Article 6 and Article 9; SRTA Response to SRCS Article 9 Proposal
Please find below the following documents:
SRTA has proposed a 7% salary increase as well as a $2000 increase in medical benefit compensation. Also, please read the original SRTA proposal for details on class size limits and other contract improvements.
The district is proposing extensive and drastic changes to the Article 6 language that was settled just one year ago. SRTA needs to hear from members on how these changes would effect you and your students.
Please use the Negotiating Feedback Form to ask your questions. It will allow us to keep track of questions better. Your questions will either be responded to individually or in the SRTA Monday Update. (Form link: bit.ly/SRTAnegFB)
Article 9 - Evaluation Procedure
Article 6 - Hours and Days of Employment
The SRTA Negotiations Team met with SRCS on October 30th to initiate negotiations for the 2019-2020 school year. As a part of this meeting they gave SRCS our Initial Negotiations Proposal.
Please find the complete text of the proposal below.
1. The negotiating team requests and encourages your questions about the negotiating proposals. Please use the Negotiating Feedback Form to ask your questions. It will allow us to keep track of questions better. Your questions will either be responded to individually or in the SRTA Monday Update. (Form link: bit.ly/SRTAnegFB
2. Proposal document updated to include supporting documents
Initial SRTA Proposal
An invitation went out in a recent SRTA Monday Update to attend a Friday night dinner put on by North Bay Jobs with Justice (NBJWJ). SRTA only recently voted to affiliate our union with NBJWJ, and I had very little idea what to expect from this event. Out of curiosity, I requested one of the tickets, and set off to see what the group was all about.
The purpose of the evening was to both raise money for the organization and to acknowledge members who have worked for, and won improved living and working conditions for north bay residents. It was clear that this event was possible because enough people believed in the group, and were willing to donate time, money, and the other resources needed to make the evening event happen - grassroots organizing at it’s best. It was also clear that NBJWJ is having an impact. One example of this was the story of the successful campaign of the The Waste & Recycling Workers of Teamsters 665 against the Ratto corporation, which ultimately led significantly better working conditions for the teamsters, but also led to Sonoma County switching to Recology, an employee owned business with a mission that is centered around serving its employees and its community.
At the event, Omar Medina was introduced to the labor community as SRTA’s pro-labor candidate for school board. Also joining us was Ever Flores, President of Healdsburg Area Teachers Association, and a possible candidate for Santa Rosa City School Board in 2020 in Trustee Area 1 (current held by Jenni Klose).
The kenote speaker was Clive Jones, LGBTQ activist and Harvey Milk’s partner who, among other things, created the Aids Quilt project. His story of perseverance and the power of community organizing to make change was inspiring and heart touching.
I left the evening having met many interesting people, including plenty of candidates running in upcoming elections, having heard many inspirational stories of how people with a common vision can make profound change, and feeling proud of SRTA for joining North Bay Jobs with Justice. Our two groups have a lot in common and I look forward to working with them in the future.
Thank to all the SRTA members and friends who joined me at this inspirational event.
Building our power by teaming up with other labor unions and like minded groups.
We are inviting all SRTA members, SRCS parents, and community members to attend.
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