On Tuesday, 3/27, GSCFT Site Reps., Site Principals, District Leadership Team and Union Officers participated in our first Pal day, This event was co-hosted by GSCFT and SCCS. We learned that having more collaborative partnerships between teacher unions and administration not only makes for a happier workplace, but actually can improve student achievement. We will continue to build our partnership. Site Reps will give feedback and talk about next steps at the April 9th meeting.Read More
Our Tentative Agreement for 2018-2019 which includes a 2% raise, was passed by the SCCS School Board on Weds. night, Feb. 28. We receive 1.5% of the pay increase beginning now, retro to the beginning of the year, and .5% July 1. That does not preclude salary negotiations next year. New Calendars have been posted to this website. Our next piece is competing negotiations on the Evaluation Article of the Contract. We will preview that at our Reps. Meeting 3/5.
At the Board meeting tonight, the Board will approve any lay offs being paid due to declining enrollment. A seniority list has gone out to every site 9from HR). Check the list to make sure that the information is correct. Contact me with questions. Anyone who is being laid off or having their service reduced due to reductions in force, can sign a Power of Representation form with GSCFT. Please check in with your Site Reps. I will be coming out to the sites as soon as I have the list of layoffs. Casey
We have a tentative agreement for the 2017-2018 year. We have agreed to a 1.5% raise retroactive to the beginning of this year, with an additional .5% added July 1st (the new fiscal year) so that your salary will be 2% higher as you begin school in August 2018, than it was in August of 2017. (This does not preclude negotiations for next school year.) We also agreed to a reopener on salary, if there is a positive variance greater than 2% in the budget. PLEASE SEE THE EMAIL SENT TO EACH SITE TO GET MORE DETAILS.
Negotiations continued today, 1/18/18. We continued to discuss the Athletic Director Stipend issue for Middle and High Schools and the Administration's request for additional training time for elementary teachers. We also discussed salary and have made progress since the negotiations of December; there is now a discussion of money on the salary schedule, rather than a one time bonus that was offered prior to the revision in the SCCS Budget. We meet again on 1/31/18, and I will update you again after that meeting. Many of you have asked about the calendar: the calendar is part of the negotiations package. We do hope to come to an agreement soon, and at that time, the calendar dates would go out.
We returned to the bargaining table today for the first time since early November. We were disappointed that SCCS District Administration offered us a one time bonus, not on the salary schedule, (with a possible re-opener). The cost of living in Santa Cruz continues to rise, meaning our current salaries lose value compared to cost increases in housing, benefits and other life necessities. That said, this is early in the negotiations process; we have asked the Administrative Team to go back to look at the budget again, and we are hopeful that when we meet January 18th, 2018, we can move forward together.