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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New Contract Approved by SCCS Board

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.

LAYOFFS /TEMPORARY TEACHER RELEASES

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

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 1/31/18

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 UPDATE 1/18/18

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.

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE 12/15/17

NEGOTIATIONS:

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.