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UESF Internal Election: Ballots Being Counted

May 19, 2015 7:26 p.m.

2015 UESF Election Results

May 19, 2015 12:37 p.m. update

Broken Machine Continues to Delay Ballot Count

Due to a power outage at the UESF office on Monday and unexpected technical difficulties with the scantron ballot counting machine, results for the UESF election have been delayed. The UESF Elections Committee is currently seeking a replacement machine to count the ballots (Scantron Sentry 2050).

We will keep you posted on the progress throughout the day on the UESF web site. Full results will be shared via the UESF web site, Twitter account, and in another email blast when they are certified by the UESF Elections Committee.

May 18, 2015 update

Due to a power outage at the UESF office on Monday and unexpected technical difficulties with the scantron ballot counting machine, results for the UESF election will be delayed until Tuesday. Results will be shared via the UESF web site, Twitter account, and in another email blast when they are certified by the UESF Elections Committee. The Elections Committee apologizes for the delay.

For more information on the UESF election, please visit the UESF elections web page

Attention All Paras: Critical PARS Settlement Information

To full-time (20+hours/week) Paraprofessionals who were employed any time during June 21, 2003 and October 11, 2011.

This is an update and reminder about the class action settlement for paraprofessionals who were enrolled in the PARS Target Benefit Plan. 

On Monday, May 18, the settlement administrator mailed your claim forms.  Your completed claims forms must be postmarked by July 17, 2015.  If you do not submit a claim form in time you will not receive a settlement check.

If you have not received a claim form at your home address by Wednesday, May 27, you should call the Settlement Claim Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.

The Settlement Claims Administrator has also set up a website which contains all the information you need, and also allows you to submit questions by email through the website. The website address is:

www.paraprofessionalsettlement.com

If you have any questions about the process or how to fill out your claim forms, you should call the Settlement Claims Administrator at 1-844-280-2680.  Because the settlement is being administered professionally by a company approved by the court, questions should be directed to the claim administrator and not to UESF.

Apply Today for the Para to Teacher Program!


At an informational meeting on May 1st, 84 paraprofessionals were in attendance to learn about re-entry into college, credential program requirements, financial aid, and pathway support opportunities.

The SFUSD’s Paraprofessional Teacher Training Program (PTTP) is a collaboration between SFUSD, UESF, SF State, and CCSF that recruits and supports paraprofessionals to become credentialed, exemplary teachers in the District’s high need areas of Special Education, Secondary Mathematics, and BCLAD teachers.

Are you a para that is ready to take the next step in your career? Ready to join the over 172 paras who have already completed the program?

For more information, click here. Questions should be directed to program coordinator Aracely Soriano at SorianoA [at] sfusd [dot] edu. Applications are due July 31st.

Presenting the 2014-2015 Mayor’s Teacher of the Month Award Winners!

On Monday, May 4th, Mayor Edwin M. Lee, UESF President Dennis Kelly, and Superintendent Richard Carranza announced the five teacher winners of the Mayor’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year Award at a special ceremony before the San Francisco Giants game.

“A strong education can transform a child’s life by opening the door to limitless possibilities,” said Mayor Lee. “Over the course of their distinguished careers, these nine educators have inspired and empowered our City’s young people. Thank you to all San Francisco’s educators for your tireless commitment and dedication to our future innovators and leaders.”

Let’s all congratulate the five Mayor’s Teacher of the Year recipients for their incredible dedication to our students and our schools:

  • Vera Diane Williams, Pre-K, Theresa S. Mahler Early Education School
  • Lisa Tsukamoto, Kindergarten, Rosa Parks Elementary School
  • Maria Yip, 2nd Grade, Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary School
  • Karen Hadley, Physical Education, Claire Lilienthal K-8 Alternative School
  • Heidi Hubrich Seretan, 12th Grade+/Transition, AccessSFUSD: The Arc

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office, SFUSD, the United Educators of San Francisco and the San Francisco Education Fund, the annual Mayor’s Teacher of the Year Award honors five San Francisco teachers who are passionate for and dedicated to the education of San Francisco’s young people. Continue reading

Housing Rights & Union Fights: Workshop On Saving Our Members’ Homes

Saturday, May 30 – 10 am – 1 pm
Unite Here! Local 2 (209 Golden Gate Ave.)


Stronger Together: Paul Revere teacher Allison Leshefsky faces harassment and possibly eviction from a predatory landlord. But she’s not standing alone: We’re fighting back as a union on her behalf. Come out on the 30th to see how we can broaden the movement for housing justice across unions and across the City!

Evictions, foreclosures, unaffordable rents and long commutes — the housing crisis is harming our union members, our union power and our political power. What can we do about it?

Join UESF, Jobs with Justice SF, and other union members from across the Bay to learn ways to fight back and to get tools and resources (for tenants and homeowners regionally) you can use and share with your co-workers. Let’s take back our workplaces and our communities and build cities that work for all of us.

Co-sponsored by Housing Rights Committee, Tenants Together, ACCE, the San Francisco Labor Council, and UESF.

RSVP and share the word on Facebook or email Gordon Mar at gordon [at] jwjsf [dot] org.

Order Your UESF Black Lives Matter T-Shirt Today

Deadline to Order: Friday, May 15th at 12:00 Noon

UESF members have been out in front in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. UESF teacher-librarians have gained national attention for their Black Lives Matter LibGuide, and the resolution passed by the UESF Assembly in support of the movement has been passed by both the CTA and the CFT.

Now UESF members can help show their support for the movement by ordering onr of our limited-edition Black Lives Matter t-shirts. Designed by UESF President Dennis Kelly, the shirts are available in both men’s and women’s cuts and a variety of sizes. With the deadline set for next Friday, members are advised to get your orders in soon!

T-shirts will be delivered to the UESF office and available for UESF members the week of May 22nd.

Place Your Order Here. 

NOTE: T-shirts are available only to UESF members

New booklets celebrate May, Labor History Month


There are a number of ways to bring the lessons of labor history to our students and to celebrate labor history month outside of school too, including this new education comic book by UESF’s own Bill Morgan on the history of farm labor struggle in California.

By Fred Glass

May is Labor History Month.  Signed into law as AB 2269 (Swanson) in 2012 by Governor Brown, its purpose is to encourage schools “to commemorate this month with appropriate educational exercises that make pupils aware of the role the labor movement has played in shaping California and the United States.”

What role?  Most of the middle class arrived in that economic neighborhood when working people got together, formed unions, and wrested a fair share of what they produced from their employers.  In other words, it was by acting like a working class that most of our families became middle class during the last century.

One example is the New Deal, created by a president conscious of the enormous upsurge in unionization and worker activism in the 1930s, consisting of laws such as the National Labor Relations Act, Social Security Act, Unemployment Insurance Act, and Fair Labor Standards Act.  While most people think of these as Roosevelt’s legacy, he didn’t do this alone.  It took a massive surge of unionization, with workers engaged in strikes, demonstrations, factory seizures, and political action, pushing up from below, before those in power heard their message and created the New Deal. Continue reading

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