Saturday, January 21st – San Francisco Women’s March

womens-marchJanuary 17, 2017 UPDATE: We have decided to first gather at SFUSD headquarters at 555 Franklin St. at 3:00 p.m. and then march to the Civic Center plaza at 3:30 p.m. to join the main march! Please help spread the word. 555 Franklin is a 5 minute walk from the Civic Center.

On Saturday, January 21st tens of thousands of people will gather in the Civic Center plaza for the San Francisco Women’s March. The march is part of a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. Participants will gather in community to find healing and strength through tolerance, civility, and compassion.

UESF members are encouraged to bring family and friends to the peaceful rally. We will gather at 3:00 p.m. at SFUSD HQ (555 Franklin St.), march to Civic Center Plaza at 3:30 p.m., and then join the main march down Market St. at 5:00 p.m. to Justin Herman Plaza.

RSVP and share on UESF’s Facebook event page!

Deadline for Nominations to CFT Convention and NEA Rep Assembly Extended to Jan. 25

January 20, 2017

Nomination Now Due by January 25, 2017

Nomination Form

In consultation with UESF leadership, the Elections Committee has extended the deadline for submission of paper nomination forms for the CFT Convention and the NEA Representative Assembly. Paper nomination forms may be downloaded or picked up at the UESF office. All UESF members, including all retirees, may run for the CFT Convention. Only active UESF members may run for the NEA Representative Assembly. Paper nomination forms may be submitted via mail, fax (956-8374), or hand-delivered, and must be received in the UESF office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25th

If you have any questions, please contact Elections Committee Co-Chair Jeremiah Jeffries at rorschach75 [at] hotmail [dot] com.

CFT Convention and NEA Rep Assembly Nominations Now Open

January, 2017

Nominations are now open for the delegates to the 2017 California Federation of Teachers Convention and the 2017 National Education Association Representative Assembly. The CFT Convention will be held in Sacramento from March 31- April 2, 2017. UESF will elect 15 delegates plus 5 alternates.  Delegates will be reimbursed up to $350.00 each. The 2017 National Education Association Representative Assembly will be held in Boston from June 30-July 5, 2017. UESF will elect 10 delegates plus 5 alternates.  Delegates will be reimbursed up to $2,250.00 each.

This is a chance to contribute our collective voice to how teachers and paras are represented across the state and nationally. We need you to get the word to and to be involved. All UESF members are nominated. You may accept your nomination for one or both by completing this form. Any member is eligible to run for delegate to either or both the CFT convention and the NEA Representative Assembly.

AROS Day of Action a Success!

January 20, 2017

Yesterday, educators, parents, students, and school supporters at over two-dozen schools took part in the AROS National Day of Action. As educators, we publicly committed to our students and their families that we will do everything we can to protect them from deportation, racism, sexism, homophobia, and hate.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Day of Action, which was covered broadly by local media, including KTVU 2, NBC 3, KRON 4, CBS 5, KCBS, the SF Examiner, and EdSource.

For more photos from the event, check out UESF’s Twitter page. Pics up on Facebook soon!

For more information about AROS, please contact UESF Executive Vice-President Susan Solomon at ssolomon [at] uesf [dot] org.

 

UESF Parent & Community Survey

Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Norman Zelaya surveys a parent before school.

Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Norman Zelaya surveys a parent before UESF contract negotiations in 2014. Such feedback from parents was critical in helping UESF determine our priorities at the bargaining table.

January 6, 2017

As we get ready to kick-off our contract campaign (talks begin February 14th) and we organize for a strong union presence during the week of the presidential inauguration, UESF is launching  a parent and community survey. The survey is intended to help us understand the priorities of the families we serve before we begin negotiations.

Please help us get feedback from your school community by asking parents and caregivers to fill out the survey before and after school during the month of January.

Paper Survey Versions

English (print)

Spanish (print)

Chinese (print)

Arabic (print)

Online Survey Versions

Online (English)

Online (Spanish)

Online (Chinese)

Free Housing Clinic for Educators – First Thursday of Every Month this Fall

Next Clinic:
Thursday, January 12, 2017
4:00-7:30 p.m.
BALANCE
595 Market St. (at 2nd St), SF

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 monht this fall. 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.

Upcoming Sessions Include:

  • January 12, 2017: BALANCE, 595 Market St., SF 94105
  • February 2, 2017: TBD
  • March 2, 2017: TBD

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

Thanks for Taking the UESF Bargaining Survey

Thanks to all of the UESF members who took the UESF Bargaining Survey. The survey is now closed. The UESF smart voter launch was successful and we had higher participation rate than our usual UESF elections.

UESF members who would still like to submit their personal email address for future UESF elections, surveys, and communications should fill out this web form.

Look out for more UESF Smart Voter announcements in January!

UESF ‘It’s Almost Vacation!’ Party

Friday, December 9thuesf-party-dec2016
4:30-8:30 p.m.
ILWU Local 34 (next to AT&T Park)

All UESF members, friends, and family are invited to the UESF “It’s Almost Vacation!” Party on Friday, December 9th! Now more than ever it is important that we come together to celebrate our communities. There will be great food, raffle prizes for the whole family, a sing along, and dancing! Please help spread the word and let us know how many people you will bring to the party!

RSVP online

Please help spread the word via our Facebook Event Page!

UESF’s Commitment to Immigrant Students, Their Families, and Immigrant Workers

A resolution was passed unanimously at the UESF Assembly on November 18th, reaffirming UESF’s commitment to immigrant students, their families, and immigrant workers. As part of that commitment, the resolution called on UESF to support San Francisco’s stance as a Sanctuary City, and to create a text and phone tree for members who are interested in being part of an emergency response network in defense of immigrant rights. We are working with the AFT to set up the network before the winter break. Look for more word in the coming days.

More resources from the AFT are also available here.