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
Feb 26, 2019
SRTA understands that members are uncomfortable signing a document under threat of termination that they have not and could not possibly read and understand.
We put out a recommendation on Monday, but many members asked for something stronger, something that they could sign that shows they have received the document but have not read and understood it.
We encourage members to print the first page, fill it out and sign it, and deliver it to your principal by Thursday’s deadline if you can or after if you missed it. Please keep a copy for your records. Probs and temps may choose to skip this action if they are trying to keep a low profile.
Know that this is a concerted action. The more of us that do it, the more impact it will have, and harder it will be for them to discipline us. The first step of the progressive discipline in our contract is a verbal warning, followed by a written warning not in your file, followed by letter in your file. If, after refusing to sign their illegal directive four times, they decide to terminate a member, and they do, SRTA and CTA will fight it forcefully.
Further, SRTA is working with CTA lawyers to get the entire directive rescinded. It is an overreach of the law asking us to “read and understand” when the law and our board policies only require that we acknowledge receipt.
Thank you for the giving feedback to the SRTA leadership, and thank you for standing up for our rights under the contract and the law. When we fight, we win.
As the attacks on Unions grow stronger it is time to tell the world, "I'm Sticking With My Union!"
SRTA Members, please download this and share it on social media to tell the world "I'm Sticking With My Union!"
I'm Sticking With The Union by Micah Carlin-Goldberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Does your local need an image like this for your members to share?
Go to bit.ly/SRTAstay to get an editable copy to make your own.
If admin or DO tell you that "We had 59 IllumniateEd trainings over the summer, but SRTA just didn't go," remind them that the district refused to negotiate those trainings in violation to the EERA (Educational Employment Relations Act of 1976). Then give them this document with highlighted quotes from the EERA.
SRTA is the exclusive representative of our bargaining unit. Hours, wages, and working conditions are MANDATORY subjects of bargaining.
EERA Quote Sheet
Provide this document to admin as needed.
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