Powerful Testimony at Board of Supes Hearing Shows How Deeply the Affordability Crisis is Impacting SFUSD Educators and Our Schools

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Wednesday night over 150 UESF members and supporters showed up for a powerful hearing at City Hall called by Mission District Supervisor Hillary Ronen.

At the hearing dozens of UESF members from across the City offered incredible testimony about the impact the affordability crisis has had on them personally, and how the massive turnover and inability to fill positions in the schools impacts our students. The riveting testimony captivated those in attendance, often bringing the crowd to tears.

Thanks to all who took the time to come to the hearing last night. And special thanks to those educators who bravely stepped up the podium to tell your stories. Your commitment to our students is an inspiration to all of us, and without a doubt you were heard by those in power in the City and in the District.

But now is the time for more than just hearing! Now is the time for action! We need a strong commitment from the District at the bargaining table, and the political will by both the District and the City to not only finally build educator housing after years of delay but to work to bring more resources into schools. Otherwise, the affordability crisis will only continue to push more and more educators out of the City and our schools and our students will suffer.

Read this powerful write up of the hearing by Heather Knight in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Watch this Video!

Check out this incredible testimony offered by Vidya Karra from SF Public Montessori, one of the dozens of powerful stories bravely shared by educators at the hearing! (More videos posted soon!)

Video Here

 

Contract Campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Underway

love-means9Bargaining Update 3: Budget Discussions are An Issue of Priorities

March 9, 2017

The SFUSD has made it clear that in order to provide essential salary increases for teachers, para-educators, and other front-line educators, that certain tradeoffs will be necessary in the broader budget. Unfortunately, the tradeoffs they have publicly shared with parents and the broader community typically involve cuts to programs and staff that directly impact student learning and success….[more on our main negotiations web page.]

Next UESF/SFUSD negotiations: March 21, 2017.

Election for Minority-At-Large Alternate to CTA State Council

March 27, 2017

All active UESF members may nominate themselves to be a Minority-At-Large delegate to the CTA State Council. If you are interested,  please download this nomination form, which must be received by the CTA Golden Gate Service Center by April 13th.

Questions about SFUSD’s Intent to Return Form

The SFUSD has informed the UESF office that they will ask all certificated UESF members to fill out and return an intent to return form for the 2017-2018 school year. The forms are due by June 30, 2017. UESF members who have questions about the process should consult our Intent to Return Form FAQ.

2017 UESF Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors

UESF and the San Francisco Bay Area Educators’ Credit Union are pleased to announce the 2017 UESF scholarships for SFUSD’s graduating High School seniors.

All applications must be received in the UESF office by Friday, April 14, 2017. Click on each scholarship for rules. Please share!

UESF Photo: International Women’s Day!

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with an old fashioned organizing meeting!

UESF Health & Welfare Fund Now Available for Members in Need

Health & Welfare Grants Given on Rolling Basis: March 10 – May 12, 2017

Health & Welfare Fund Application

UESF is currently accepting applications for assistance through our Health and Welfare Fund.  The funds are meant to provide emergency assistance to UESF members, certificated and classified. Priority will be given to those members who are homeless, fire victims, or who have suffered hardship due to the death of a family member.

Applications will be accepted any time from March 10, 2017 through May 12, 2017 with grants distributed on a rolling basis.  You may apply for up to $750.00. Paraprofessionals and substitutes must pay a $6.00 application fee. (Note: Certificated members do not need to pay an application fee because 50¢ of their dues goes into the Health and Welfare fund every month.)

All applications must have the requested information and documentation.  Please call the UESF office at (415) 956-8373 if you have any questions.

UESF Election Results for CFT Convention and NEA Rep Assembly

March 6, 2017

Election Results

The UESF Elections Committee has certified the results of the UESF election for the 2017 CFT Convention and NEA Representative Assembly. In total, 515 UESF members participated in the election, more than double the previous convention elections last year. The election was the first to be run on UESF’s new online voting system. Results for CTA state delegates to the NEA Rep Assembly will be announced when certified by the CTA.

For complete election results, click here. If you questions, please contact UESF Elections Chair Leslie Clark at lescass [at] hotmail [dot] com.