West Sonoma County Teachers Association Goes On Strike Wednesday
Following intimidation and scare tactics and a final offer that would send many veteran teachers home with less money WSCTA has officially notified WSCUHSD of their intent to strike on Wednesday, November 13th.
After going a year without a contract, the Fact-Finder agreed with the teachers on the need for a 12% raise over three years, but also suggested a cap to benefits. The teachers’ original ask was for 12%, and they are sticking to it, without a cap to benefits. The district lawyer, Paul Boylan, is being paid well to say the district can’t afford the raise. Those paying attention recognize his name as working with other local districts making the news with negotiation conflicts.
We know that budgets are based on priorities, and it is time for those teaching in expensive Sonoma County to stand together to raise our living and working conditions.
Sonoma West Newspaper Article
WSCTA FB Page
RED FOR ED Wednesday!
SRTA is having Red For Ed solidarity action on Wednesday in support of WSCTA. Please wear Red to school. Take a picture with your colleagues in red and post it to social media. Please tag @WeAreSRTA and #WeAreSRTA as well as #WeAreWSCTA so that we can share that support publicly.
You can print and hold these We Support WSCTA signs if you like. They also look great in your car window. Click for JPG Version, PDF Version
Union Busting Alert in West Sonoma County
Lily Smedshammer, the WSCTA President was served with 2 lawsuits, filed on behalf of WSCUHSD at her home. Lawsuit #1 seeks to break WSCTA solidarity and illegally stop a group of their Special Ed teachers from exercising their protected right to strike. Lawsuit #2 seeks to stop WSCTA from striking NEAR school property. These frivolous lawsuits are a violation of their right to strike and an attempt to weaken their line by dividing their bargaining unit and threatening their ability to assemble on public property. The injunction will be before the court Tuesday morning from 8-10 am.
SRTA Stands with WSCTA
Do something to support this growing movement of teachers standing up for themselves and their students. Attend their fundraiser, or donate online. Stand with them on the picket line. Visit them on the picket line and provide verbal support or sustenance. Email their board members asking for a long overdue fair contract. The impact of the broader community supporting the prioritization of teachers is what makes the difference. Your actions and or voice are needed in this effort. Show up at the board meeting at the El Molino library at 6 pm Wednesday, and/or email their Board member (emails are below.)
Tomorrow, Monday Nov. 11th 2pm at Hopmunk Tavern in Sebastopol
Your $20+ donation gets you a drink, appetizers, and community. The teachers of West Sonoma County need this support to fund strike expenses and provide some relief to members with immediate salary stress. All unused proceeds will be donated to the Ed Foundations at El Molino and Analy High Schools!
WSCTA Fundraiser Facebook Event for the fundraiser
If you can’t make the fundraiser tomorrow but would like to support WSCTA’s strike fund you can donate through GoFundMe.
WSCTA Strike Fund - GoFundMe
Tell the WSCUHSD to come to the table with an offer the teachers can accept
Email the West Sonoma County Union High School District school board members to demand a fair contract now for their teachers. Below are their email addresses:
SRCS has closed all schools through Friday, November 1st.
SRTA has been actively reaching out to all members via text, email, and social media to check in and ensure they are being supported, including helping members find temporary housing with other members.
Santa Rosa City Schools
October 23, 2019 6:00PM 4:00 p.m. - Closed Session 6:00 p.m. - Open Session Santa Rosa City Hall - City Council Chambers 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Please take time to review the following abbreviated version of the agenda. Click here to see the entire agenda. It has live links on many items with more information. If you want to comment on any items, email email@example.com. Please CC firstname.lastname@example.org on your comments.
Regular meetings are televised on local cable channel 27 and re-broadcast the following Saturday at 7:00 PM and again Sunday at 9:00 AM. Videos of the meetings are also live-streamed and posted on the SRCS YouTube Channel. Link to livestream and videos of prior meetings
Closed Session Items:
A.1. Public Comment On Closed Session Agenda
B.1. Public Employee Appointment/Employment: Position to be filled: Principal, Vice-Principal
As demonstrated at the last board meeting, students, parents and SRTA members are very concerned about the plans to relocate administrators. Doing this part way through the year is extremely stressful, especially for high school sites that are in the midst of the WASC accreditation process. Site staff values institutional knowledge, which these movements severely hamper. It takes a great deal of time and energy from a great many people to help administrators orient to new sites. The reasoning behind all these shifts has not been shared with staff.
B.2. Public Employee Performance Evaluation (Title of employee being reviewed: Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principals, Vice Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Coordinators)
SRTA supports an evaluation process that includes many perspectives.
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SRTA Agenda Analysis -- SRCS Board Special Meeting with City of SR 10/14, Special Meeting on Strategic Plan 10/16, and Rescheduled Meeting 10/16
SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Santa Rosa City Schools
October 14, 2019 6:00PM
Joint Meeting with Santa Rosa City Council4:00 p.m. - Open Session Santa Rosa City Hall - City Council Chambers 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa. A.1. Public Comment On Agenda Items Only
A.2. (Discussion) Partnership Between Santa Rosa City Schools and the Santa Rosa Police Department
The City of Santa Rosa provides a School Resource Officer at each of our five compulsory sites. This report lauds the relationship, with special attention paid to collaboration around truancy with SRO attendance at SART and SARB meetings.
Every 15 Minutes is a collaborative community effort to reduce teen fatalities due to drinking and driving.
A.3. (Action) Approve the First Amendment to Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between the City of Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa City Schools To Allow An Alternative To the Construction of Affordable Housing or School Facilities On Fir Ridge Ridge Drive, Lot "F" (APN 173-620-030)
Fir Ridge (Fountaingrove) property was intended for construction of a new school or for much needed affordable staff housing for the district by 1998. The agreement has been extended multiple times. This MOU allows the district three years to (a) develop affordable staff housing or (b) sell the site, and within one year acquire staff housing or create a revolving loan fund program for staff downpayment assistance or (c) return the property to the city (which would have 5 years to develop affordable housing, or sell the property and use the funds to finance affordable housing.)
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