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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.
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