UESF Video: Affordability Crisis Puts San Francisco Schools at Risk

Watch and share this powerful video featuring parents and teachers from Buena Vista Horace Mann School in San Francisco’s Mission District and learn about how the affordability crisis threatens their work to build a strong and stable community where children can grow and thrive.

Please watch and share the video from the UESF Facebook page!

Halloween Rally at the Board of Education to Keep Teachers and Paras in San Francisco Where We Belong!

Tuesday, October 28th
4:30 p.m.
555 Franklin St.

RSVP here

It’s getting scary in the SFUSD.

As San Francisco public school families continue to get squeezed by the growing economic divide in our city, our schools are more important than ever as sources of stability in their lives.

But with educators rapidly getting priced out of the City, and a huge turnover crisis beginning to unfold, school communities are already beginning to suffer. This is scary. Our kids need teachers not just in the classroom, but in our communities, not in long commutes or out the door to other school districts!

Join educators, parents, and school supporters as we hold a special Halloween-themed rally in front of the Board, to demand SFUSD support stable school communities by settling a contract that pays educators a wage that gives us a fighting chance to live in the communities we teach, that recognizes the important work that paraprofessionals do by serving our most vulnerable students, and that provides the necessary supports at our schools to do our jobs!

*** Costumes Encouraged! ***

2014 Voter Guide

The following candidates and initiatives have been endorsed by the United Educators of San Francisco:

SFUSD School Board
Shamann Walton
Stevon Cook

SF Assembly District 17
David Campos

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson

San Francisco Initiatives
Yes on Prop. A
Yes on Prop. C (school funding)
Yes on Prop. D
Yes on Prop. E (soda tax)
Yes on Prop F
Yes on Prop. G (anti-speculation)
Yes on Prop. J (raises minimum wage)
Yes on Prop. K

SF Supervisors
District 2 – Mark Farrell
District 4 – Katy Tang
District 6 – Jane Kim
District 10 – Malia Cohen

Community College Board - Wendy Aragon, Brigitte Davila,Anita Grier, Thea Selby

Assessor Recorder – Carmen Chu

Live outside SF? Check out the CTA Voter Guide.

Ready to join the fight for stable school communities & an affordable San Francisco? Sign up to volunteer here.

Media Alert: Affordability May Prevent San Francisco from Recruiting Top Teachers

ABC 7 News

October  8, 2014

AFT President Randi Weingarten and two teachers from Buena Vista Horace Mann speak up about how the affordability crisis in San Francisco could impact the SFUSD’s ability to recruit teachers.

For more media coverage, see UESF’s main media roundup page.

UESF Contract Talks

The next round of mediation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 22, 2014. For the latest update, please see the main UESF Negotiations page.

November Election: Volunteer to support stable school communities & an affordable SF

In 2012 educators and parents successfully came together to pass Prop. 30 to bring critical resources to our schools. It will take a similar effort to ensure an affordable and progressive San Francisco this election.


Precinct Walks
SEIU 1021 HQ (350 Rhode Island)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meal included

Phone Banks
SEIU 1021 HQ (350 Rhode Island)
5;00-8:00 p.m.
Meal included


This election, like our contract fight, hangs in the balance. In a very close race for school board, our efforts to elect Stevon Cook and Shamann Walton can help ensure a pro-student, pro-educator Board of Education. At the same time, progressive champion David Campos is in a dead-heat with his opponent, who just received a check for $350,000 from a local corporate investor.

Join fellow educators, parents, and school supporters to take a stand for stable school communities and a progressive and affordable San Francisco! Let’s do the work to elect candidates that make our schools, students, educators and working families the #1 priority in our City.

  • Help elect Stevon Cook and Shamann Walton to the Board of Education.
  • Elect David Campos to the Assembly.
  • Raise the minimum wage (Yes on J).
  • Stop the speculators (Yes on G).
  • Bring resources into our schools (Yes on C).
  • Re-elect Tom Torlakson as State Superintendent of Schools.

The campaign is now in full swing. VOLUNTEER HERE!


Help Maintain Stable School Communities in the SFUSD!

Longfellow Elementary teacher Cynthia Hauck is among the many UESF members who have helped reach out to parents to support stable school communities.

Please support San Francisco educators and our fight to stay in the city we love!


The affordability crisis in SF is hitting our students and their families hard. Because of this our school communities are more important than ever as sources of stability in our students’ lives. But as teachers and paras are getting forced out of San Francisco, too many are choosing to leave the district and it is getting harder to recruit and retain new educators. This is destabilizing our schools and ultimately hurting our students’ chance at success.

The teachers and paras of the United Educators of San Francisco are grateful for the opportunity to serve the children of our great City, we ask only for a wage that gives us a fighting chance to live in the communities we serve.

Please take a moment to send a letter to SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza and the members of the Board of Education to support our schools, our students, and our educators by signing this petition. Thank you for your support!

Senior Dad Interviews Mission HS Paras

Thanks to Senior Dad Stan Goldberg for taking the time to interview Mission HS paraprofessionals about the important work they do everyday for our students. Click on the photo below or follow this link to the video below.

About the Video From Senior Dad: “The San Francisco Unified School District is engaged in contract negotiations with the United Educators of San Francisco. Through hard economic times The School District has balance its budget in part by negotiating givebacks from its teachers and paraprofessionals. Now that the economy has recovered the teachers and paraprofessionals are trying to negotiate terms that will help them recover financially. Here is the story from the viewpoint of four paraprofessionals who work with students who receive special education services.”