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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
The following has been negotiated by SRTA:
1. Elementary illuminate Ed trainings for Report Cards that are currently in My Learning Plan have been negotiated and are approved by SRTA. Teachers will get the extended day rate, and they are completely voluntary. Dates and locations are in My Learning Plan
2. Secondary Illuminate Ed training will be offered as soon as possible for basic use and GradeBook. Dates and time TBD. More extensive training on advanced topics will be planned by the Illuminate Ed subcommittee and offered in the second semester. All trainings will be paid at the extended day rate.
3. The Illuminate Ed sub-committees have been negotiated and approved and are being re-formed, and members who choose to join will be paid for meeting times at the extended day rate. An official SRTA member representative will be appointed by the Exec Board.
4. SRTA has negotiated for a Fire Relief Leave Bank. For those teachers who lost their home during the fires, SRTA will work to get enough days to give each of those teachers 10 days. The days will be given to those teachers to use those days prior to using any of their own accumulated days. See all the details in the SRTA Temporary Fire Relief Leave Bank Post
As of today, SRTA has already given out $47,000 in grants to 141 educators who lost homes or who were displaced by the fires. We also filed for CTA grants on behalf of our members for an additional $30,000 in grants with more to follow.
The $250 and $500 SRTA Disaster Grants are being given out as quickly as possible. We still have a bunch more grants in process.
You can help support SRTA members by donating to our YouCaring fundraising page at bit.ly/SRTAfund. SRTA has raised $20,160 so far and will continue to get this money into members hands as quickly as possible.
Members who were displaced or who lost their homes can apply for the SRTA Disaster Grant as well as the CTA Disaster Grants by going to bit.ly/SRTAgrant.
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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