TENTATIVE AGREEMENT APPROVED

All the votes are in and we have approved the Tentative Agreement at each site. We have agreed to continue negotiations in the Fall on salary and hourly for 19-20, starting before October 1. We have also gathered information from you on the Opt-out option for health care.

Your retroactive pay should be received in August.

SALARY NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN

GSCFT went to the table on Tuesday, May 21. We had a positive discussion with the District, however, the District was not ready to make us an offer. We did put our proposal on the table for a salary increase for this year and for 19-20, for a higher hourly rate, for a paid PD day on our salary schedule, and for a stipend equity subcommittee to begin next Fall. Stay turned for more news. Our next session is May 30th.

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT PASSES 2/19

The tentative agreement has been voted on by our membership, and passed with 86%. There was a compromise on the calendar. The new calendars will be attached to the homepage of this website for easy reference. We will begin salary negotiations in March.

NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN

A subcommittee of the Negotiations team is meeting to review and revise our Leave Section. We hope to wrap our draft work prior to Winter break and then other negotiations will begin in January. We plan to negotiate later in the Spring on salary when more is known about Governor Newsom’s proposed budget.

CALENDAR SURVEY AND NEGOTIATIONS

We have completed the Calendar Survey: the results were in favor of beginning the year August 12th to have even Semesters. Participants also support a 2 year calendar, a week off at Thanksgiving and a week off in February associated with President’s day. The Calendar Survey results inform our negotiations.

AFT Convention

Casey attended the AFT Convention in Pittsburgh from July 12-16th. It was an inspiring gathering of more than 3, 500 AFT members. We are ready to fight the attacks by groups like the Freedom Foundation and the Koch Brothers who are trying to destroy our Unions. We heard from powerful speakers: starting with a Women's Rights award to Hillary Clinton on Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren came to speak on Saturday. Then Sunday, we heard from Congressman Conor Lamb and were really moved by an insightful, truthful and hopeful address by Senator Bernie Sanders. Casey will present more information on this at our first GSCFT Reps. meeting in September. 

NEW EVALUATION ARTICLE APPROVED

GSCFT Members overwhelmingly approved an entirely new article to our Contract in the area of teacher evaluation. The new language was developed by a joint working group of SCCS Administration and GSCFT Teachers. The new system will begin in the 18-19 school year. An email has gone out to all members with the vote results and an earlier email contained the new Article. If you did not receive this, please send us your email. 

1st PAL Day (Partnership Administration and Labor)

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. 

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