Santa Rosa City Schools has made extraordinary measures to create equity for our students, but not so with income inequality for our staff. They are considering giving the superintendent a 17.5% increase over two years while teachers and site administrators will receive 7%. This is income inequality, and it is disgraceful. If 7% over two years is good enough for teachers and site administrators, then it should be good enough for the boss.
In 2018-19, SRCS teacher salaries were 8.6% BELOW the state average (and healthcare was 61.5% below the state average!) The superintendent’s salary was AT the state average of $200k.
If this salary increase is ratified, in 2020-21 SRCS teacher salaries are projected to improve to 5.9% BELOW the state average (but not healthcare); the superintendent salary is projected to be 12.9% ABOVE the state average. This, while dozens of our classified staff make less than $15 an hour, and Santa Rosa ranks among the five least affordable cities for teachers to live in the US (link).
A budget is a values statement. Board members and district officials who support this inequitable salary increase should be ready to field tough questions about why they value the superintendent 2.5 times more than teachers and site administrators in future salary negotiations and School Board elections. What will they say if SRTA or CSEA asks for a 17.5% raise over two years, or asks for an immediate jump to 12.9% over the state average? SRTA and our community will be asking and watching.
Source: Sacramento Bee Search average teacher, superintendent pay for California school districts
SRTA encourages our members to speak out. Please email the school board and come to the school board meeting to express your concerns about this disproportionately large raise for the boss. All employees should be brought up to the state average as soon as possible and in a fair, honest, and equitable way raising all boats together.
Please email the board and tell them what you think of the proposal.
School Board -- Santa Rosa City Schools
President Jen Klose:
Vice President Laurie Fong:
Clerk Stephanie Manieri:
Texts welcome per June 12th board meeting
Alegría De La Cruz:
If we stand for respectful treatment of all SRTA members, we must stand united in support of one member who is being treated more than disrespectfully and is being threatened with termination by the district. SRTA contends this is in retaliation for advocating for students by asking difficult questions.
To further support our union sister who is being unfairly prosecuted, we are sharing the Unfair Labor Practice charge prepared by our CTA attorney with our members. At the recent CTA State Council meeting, the unjust treatment of teachers in our district and particularly Kris Bertsch-Rydell was adopted as a statewide cause for action. The CTA monthly magazine, California Educator, is scheduled to run an article about Kris Bertsch-Rydell and the unfair charges against her in their next issue.
When members are bullied or threatened, it has a chilling effect on their ability to speak up for themselves, each other, and their students. The most effective way to combat this is to stand up for each other en masse.
Please find below a link to the Unfair Labor Practice SRTA/CTA has filed on behalf of Kris Bertsch-Rydell, counselor at Santa Rosa High School. This document refutes the claims against Kris, our SRTA High School Level Rep. This transparency should help even the most skeptical observer join their voice in the chorus to end this persecution and demand respectful treatment of all staff.
SRTA Unfair Labor Practice Charge Filed On Behalf of SRTA Member Kris Bertsch-Rydell - February 2019
Dear SRTA Members,
Concerted Action Works! Your efforts have convinced the district to drop their demands for Article 6 take backs! We have achieved major advancements in our Special Ed caseloads including securing overages for special educators in our contract for the first time ever.
The District stated they were unprepared to negotiate pay and benefits. The only action the District is currently willing to undertake to meet Union demands is to cut teachers: 50 teachers in 2019-20 and 25 more in 2020-21. This is 8% of SRTA’s members.
SRTA members must let their disappointment over this fuel our actions. SRTA must continue to demand improved learning conditions for our students! We must use a unified voice to fight for supports for our struggling students to reach A-G aspirations.
The SRCS and SRTA Negotiations teams met on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 9 am to about 2:15 pm. The District responded to Article 6, hours and days of employment, and SRTA responded to proposals for Article 14 (class size), and Article 16 (compensation.)
SRTA contends that the issues around funding are not one of record keeping, but one of priorities. SRCS just passed a trustworthy annual audit. CTA continually analyzes SRCS’s numbers. Having CTA audit SRCS’s books will not help our cause, it will just delay the process.
Tentative Agreements Reached
Issues We Are Near Agreement On
Issues Still Needing To Be Negotiated
Back to the Table March 27
The Negotiations Team will continue to push for more positive movement. We will remain diligent until we reach a ratifiable tentative agreement that moves us Forward NOT Backward!
“We must stand together; if we don’t, there will be no victory for any one of us.”
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