UESF Bargaining Team Proposes 21% Raise Over Next 3 Years
At the negotiating table on Aprll 17th, the UESF Bargaining Team proposed a 21% raise, to be phased in at 7% over each of the next three years. The proposal comes as the SFUSD is set to receive substantial additional resources in the coming years as a result of the passage of Prop. 30 and the rebounding state economy.
According to UESF President Dennis Kelly, the salary proposal also comes at a critical time for teachers and paras in the SFUSD. “San Francisco is rapidly becoming unaffordable to our public school educators, and too many are being forced out of our city and our school district because of skyrocketing rents,” says Kelly. “When educators can no longer afford to live in our neighborhoods and in our communities, it not only hurts our students, but their families, and the city as a whole. Our wage proposal will give teachers and paras a fighting chance to stay in the city they love.”
The UESF proposal is based on the most recent financial data provided by the SFUSD and budget projections made by the California Department of Finance. Using these estimates, the SFUSD is projected to receive an additional $89 million in Unrestricted General Funds by the 2016-2017 school year.
At the bargaining table today the UESF team also proposed additional district support to cover healthcare costs for UESF members who choose to have a family. The goal is to bring healthcare coverage for families more in line with what other public servants who work in San Francisco receive, including many other workers in the SFUSD.
Finally, in an effort to help professionalize the work that paraprofessionals do, the UESF Bargaining Team today proposed to increase the number of steps on the salary schedule to a total of eight , and to add longevity bonuses for paras who have been in the district for 15, 20, and 25 years.
“Paraprofessionals come straight out of our communities, and we work with many of our most vulnerable students, ” says UESF Vice-President for Paraprofessionals Carolyn Samoa. “Yet for years paras have been given only part-time jobs and a low salary. Now is the time for the district to show respect for paras, and for the students we serve.”
Rally at the School Board – Tuesday, April 22nd – 5:00 p.m.
Let’s show the School Board and the Superintendent that we are worth the investment! Come out to the UESF School Board rally on April 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at 555 Franklin St.
Consult the UESF contract negotiations web page for the latest updates & information on UESF/SFUSD contract talks.