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Rally to Stop the Evictions – Paul Revere Teacher Might Be Next

Saturday January 31 – 12:00 noon
Harvey Milk Plaza (Market St. & Castro St.)

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Teacher Allison Leshefsky is an important part of the Paul Revere school community. In the three years she’s been at the school, she’s built the PE program from scratch into a dynamic part of the education of every student she serves.

Now Allison is in danger of being evicted from her apartment for no other reason than her landlord wants to make a profit. And she’s not alone. Already at least 12 tenants from her building and other buildings owned by the same landlord have been forced out – including seniors and families.

Join us as we take a stand for Allison and her fellow tenants by rallying this Saturday for a San Francisco free of unfair evictions. Hear from Allison about how she will be forced to leave the SFUSD should she be evicted and the negative impact this will have on her students.

We’ll meet up at Harvey Milk Plaza at noon have a brief march and then speak out. Hope to see you there!

$250 Stipend for Paras Who Submit Retirement Notice by March 1st

For the first time ever, paras who submit their retirement notification to the SFUSD by February 1st March 1st will receive a $250 stipend. The new stipend was successfully negotiated in our new contract. Forms are available on sfusd.edu or in the HR department at 555 Franklin.

Come to City College this Spring!

Resources at City College of San Francisco for SFUSD Para-professionals and Teachers!

By, Kathleen White
Dept. Chair, Child Development & Family Studies, City College of San Francisco
 
The Spring semester at CCSF may have begun on January 12, 2015, but there are still many short-term, late start and one unit courses that will directly benefit those working with children! UESF members can go to www.ccsf.edu and complete an online application to CCSF and then enroll in courses! Current costs are $46.00 / per unit and financial aid, BOGG waivers and reimbursements through a variety of child development support programs ( CDTC, SFSEED, ECEWPP) may be available, especially for staff working in early childhood and after-school classrooms!
 
City College of San Francisco provides a wide array of courses that can assist the ECE and K-12 workforce. In addition to foreign language classes that help meet CLAD requirements, LERN classes that support CBEST and CSET test prep and a range of general education content courses that support curriculum development, the Child Development & Family Studies Department offers a range of courses that can specifically enhance the skills of classroom teachers and staff.

One unit courses are between 16-18 hours in duration and are eligible for consideration for professional development funding (which is provided to SFUSD paraprofessionals as part of their contract).
 
Classes are available in the CDEV Dept. on a range of Special Education topics including: Continue reading

Elementary Schools Ready to Implement 150 Minutes of Weekly, Duty-Free Prep Time!


Sheridan Elementary teacher Darcie Chan Blackburn was instrumental in advocating for Elementary Prep for the UESF Bargaining Team. She helped lead a training on implementation on January 14th.

Thanks to the 60+ UESF members who attended our Elementary Prep training on Wednesday, January 14th at Civic Center Secondary High School.

New to this contract, elementary school teachers will now have 150 minutes of weekly, duty-free preparation time.

If you were unable to make the training, make sure to review materials here. Items include sample schedules, UBC to-do lists, sample letters, and more.

All elementary school site leaders are also encouraged to attend the Elementary Division meeting on Wednesday, January 28th to discuss how implementation is going at your site.

UESF Contract Ratified with 78.3% Yes Vote

Updated December 12, 2014

Late in the evening on Thursday, December 11th,the UESF Elections Committee certified the ratification of the UESF/SFUSD contract by the membership with a 78.3% yes vote. In total, 2,799 members voted with 2,192 voting yes and 607 voting no.

The contract now goes to a vote of the SFUSD Board of Education at a special meeting Friday afternoon, where it is expected to pass easily. The Superintendent has promised to do everything he can to ensure that retroactive pay for the first wage increase (2% as of July 1, 2014) will be sent to members before the end of the month.

Thanks to all of the UESF members who participated in our organizing campaign, voting in our first strike vote, signing the member petition, gaining support from parents, and speaking out at the Board of Education. This collective effort proved vital to achieving success in our contract campaign.

The contract campaign could also not have happened without the strong support of parents at the school sites. To the 2,500 parents who signed a petition to the board of education in support of teachers and paraprofessionals, we thank you.

While the contract is a good step, the affordability crisis in San Francisco continues and we must continue our organizing efforts to ensure that there is a place in San Francisco for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other valuable educators. This effort includes our campaign to bring the City and the school district together to establish teacher and para housing in San Francisco, and our ongoing efforts to bring full funding from the state of California.

“We need to set our sights on the cost of living and work for funding that brings educational workers up to that level,” said UESF President Dennis Kelly.

Special thanks to UESF Elections Chair Liz Conley and her crew of volunteers who once again did a magnificent job running the election.

For more information about the agremeent, go to the UESF Negotiations Page.

November 2014 Election Recap

November 7, 2014

Thanks to all of the UESF members (active and retired) who volunteered during our November election campaign. In all we filled over 300 phone bank and neighborhood walk shifts. Because of this stellar effort, we were successful in helping Shamann Walton gain a second place finish and a seat on the Board of Education, ensuring that a new and important voice will be added to the leadership of our schools. Continue reading

Powerful Parent-Educator Town Hall on the Affordability Crisis


Buena Vista Horace Mann Co-Building Representative Maribel Chavez welcomes parents and educators to our successful town hall on November 6th.

On November 6th, 50 teachers, paras, and parents gathered at Buena Vista Horace Mann for a powerful town hall on the affordability crisis. After a presentation from the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) outlining the struggles of working people in the Mission, we heard from an incredible panel of a teacher, a para, and a parent who talked about how the affordability crisis is impacting their lives, and how schools are important sources of stability for our communities. In a subsequent discussion, the educators and parents present shared their own stories and universally pledged the desire to work together to address the issues.

For a wonderful write up of the town hall, check out this story by Mission Local. Also, don’t forget to see these photos on the MEDA website.

Thanks to BVHM Building Reps Frank Lara and Maribel Chavez for hosting the event, and for Frank and Chavez Elementary librarian Nathalie Hrizi for facilitating. If you’d like to get involved in helping to plan next steps, please contact UESF Communications Director Matthew Hardy at mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org.

Thanks to all for our October 28th Halloween rally at the Board of Education


Faculty and staff from Cleveland Elementary show their union spirit at our rally.

Over 200 San Francisco teachers and paras rallied before the school board meeting on October 28th to protest lack of movement at the bargaining table with the SFUSD. With rents skyrocketing, and substantial resources now available to the district, teachers and paras are fighting for the chance to live in the communities we serve. Unfortunately, the longer negotiations drag on the more likely educators are forced to make the difficult decision to leave the students they love for higher-paying districts.

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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!