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.
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