Contract Campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Underway

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UESF Team Makes Major Proposal on SPED and Compensation for Paras

April 25, 2017

Today at negotiations with the SFUSD, the UESF Bargaining Team put forward major proposals on improvements to Special Education, an improved salary schedule for Early Education paraprofessionals, and an additional salary step for paraprofessionals.

….[more on our main negotiations web page.]

Next UESF/SFUSD negotiations: May 2, 2017.

May 1st Day of Action for Sanctuary City & Sanctuary Schools!

may-day8:00 a.m. – Protest at ICE building (630 Sansome)
11:00 a.m. – Gather Justin Herman Plaza
12:00 noon – March to City Hall
2:00 p.m. – Rally at Civic Center
4:00 p.m. – UESF action in Civic Center

Please RSVP online and share UESF’s Facebook event page.

On May 1st UESF members are encouraged to take part in May Day actions and events at their school sites, joining the collective stand the Bay Area will take on this historic day in support of immigrant and workers rights. We are currently collecting resources to use at school sites and encourage all to attend the UESF-specific gathering at 4:00 p.m. in Civic Center.

UESF members who are taking the day off to protest on May Day are encouraged to attend the ICE protest at 8:00 a.m. and to march under the UESF banner at the protests planned by the Bay Area Resistance, starting at 11:00 a.m. in Justin Herman Plaza.

UESF has no formal position on walkouts planned for that day. We will, however, provide contractual, professional, and legal support for those members who peacefully engage in demonstrations. If students at your site are planning to participate in a walkout, you are urged to work with them, their families, and site administration to develop joint plans of action that provide for supervision and safety of all students.

All Out to the May 9th Rally at the Board of Education

may9-rally2RSVP Online & Share UESF’s Facebook Event Page

Let’s show the SFUSD that we, and our students, are worth the investment by showing up in force at the board meeting at 555 Franklin on May 9th! Together we will take a stand for Stable, Safe, and Supportive Schools, celebrate the Day of the Teacher, and welcome the new superintendent to his very first board meeting! The rally will take place from 4:15-6:00 p.m., with a speak-out during public comment. Spread the word and RSVP today!.

April 27th Housing Workshop for Educators

San Francisco Housing Basics

Thursday, April 27th
4:30-5:30 p.m.
SEIU 1021, Conference Room B
350 Rhode Island, SF

RSVP online

All UESF members are welcome at the free educator housing workshop on April 27th presented by Homeownership SF, in conjunction with the Eviction Defense Collaborative. The workshop will include an overview of affordable housing options in San Francisco that can help educators with rental and homeownership goals, including assistance programs to support renters and current homeowners.

RSVP today and share this flyer with your co-workers!

Building Sanctuary at Mission High School

Mission-sanctuaryMission HS
3750 18th St., SF
Saturday, May 13th – 9:00-1:30 p.m.

Workshops for Families, Students & Educators!

* Your Legal Rights
* Emergency Plans
* Criminal Law and ICE
* Social Justice
* Family Reunification
*Organizing Educators
*Q & A for Educators around the Trump attacks

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ARE PROVIDED. CHILDCARE AND TRANSLATION AVAILABLE.

Educators – RSVP to: Derrlyn Tom – tomd1 [at] sfusd [dot] edu

Over 250 UESF members & allies march through the wind & rain for public education

Perhaps the sign of the day from our demonstration!

Perhaps the sign of the day from our demonstration!

Thanks to the hundreds of educators, parents, community allies, and school supporters who came

out for our march and rally on April 11th to defend public education and to keep educators in San Francisco where we belong!

The planned cuts to public education and the promotion of school vouchers and charter schools by the Trump administration would do irreparable harm to our schools and our students, and we came out in force to say that we will resist!

We also sent a strong message to SFUSD that we are fiercely dedicated to our students and our City and that we will hold them accountable to keep teachers and paras in San Francisco and to ensure all of our students have stable, safe, and supportive schools!

Thanks to Bay Resistance, Chinese Progressive Association, and Jobs with Justice for your support!

Check out and share our Facebook photo album of the event, also take a look at the media coverage from our event:

San Francisco Examiner slideshow
NBC 11 Bay Area
La Opinion
KCBS – Only .4% of Teachers Can Afford a Home in SF

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

March 24, 2017testimony-3

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

 

Free Housing Clinic for Educators – First Thursday of Every Month This School Year

Next Clinics:

May 4th, 2017
John O’Connell High School Cafeteria
2355 Folsom St, SF 94110

June 1st, 2017
Leola M. Havard Early Education School Auditorium
1520 Oakdale Ave, SF 94124

Note: Drop in any time from 4:00-7:30. Counseling sessions typically last approximately 30 minutes.

With funding provided by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) through the 2015 Prop. A housing bond, housing counseling will be available directly to UESF members the first Thursday of every month this school year. The counseling will be coordinated by Homeownership SF, a local nonprofit, in conjunction with the Eviction Defense Collaborative.

Services include eviction defense, home purchasing assistance with HUD approved counselors, and rental counseling. The clinics will be staffed by expert counselors and eviction advocates. Educators who attend are strongly encouraged to bring relevant materials to the counseling sessions, including: legal notices, landlord communications, current leases, household monthly budget, recent pay stubs for all household members.

No RSVP is necessary; to access services just drop in. For more information go to www.homeownershipsf.org/educators.