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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
This calendar is approved by the SRCS, SRTA, and CSEA negotiating teams but still needs approval from the membership. A ratification vote will start as soon as possible, but SRTA will not initiate the vote until the Furlough Day has been removed from the list of District Budget "solutions".
SRTA has no interest in and will not negotiate a furlough day for the 2018-2019 school year.
Today SRTA signed a new tentative agreement with SRCS!
Major points of the new TA:
New Tentative Agreement Forum
A forum will be held Thursday, December 14th at 4pm at the CTA Offices.
2490 Guerneville Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The ratification vote has been scheduled and will be run via personal email.
The ratification vote will run from Thursday, December 14th 10am through Thursday, December 21st at 4pm. Results will be published as soon as possible.
Tentative Agreement - December 2017
SRTA and SRCS have negotiated to create a Temporary Fire Relief Bank (TFRB)
Below are the MOU (revised 10/31/17) and the Donation and Withdrawl forms. (Click Read More)
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