UESF Night at the San Francisco Giants!

*** Thanks for your interest in the Giants game. Unfortunately, we are now out of tickets.***

Wednesday, August 26th – 7:15 pm
Versus the Chicago Cubs
Cost $25

As the Giants make their final push towards the postseason, join fellow UESF members, family, and friends for a night out at the ball park as they take on the Chicago Cubs! Get your tickets today before they run out.

Rest in Peace Ed Cavanaugh

August 5, 2015

We are very sorry to report that according to his family, yesterday the body of Downtown High School teacher Ed Cavanaugh was found in the El Dorado National Forest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ed’s family, friends, and colleagues. According to the SFUSD, the district is planning a time soon when students and staff can come together to celebrate and remember Mr. Cavanaugh, who was a beloved and dedicated educator.

Spotlight: Affordability Crisis

SFUSD is having trouble recruiting teachers for the coming school year because of the high cost of living in the City and a shortage of teachers statewide entering the teaching profession.

Read the recent cover-story from the SF Examiner: SFUSD scrambling to fill classrooms amid teacher shortage, and watch this NBC Bay Area report.

Update:

The story originally broke by the SF Examiner has now been picked up by KTVU Ch. 2, KRON Ch. 4, SF Gate, and SFist.

Watch below (and share on Facebook) the KTVU piece by veteran reporter Rob Roth, which features an interview with Hoover counselor Katie Waller and UESF President Lita Blanc.

 

“Among young teachers it’s their number one concern. I hear it all the time. I can’t stay in the district if I can’t find a place to live.” - Lita Blanc, UESF President

UESF UBC Trainings: August 12 or 13, 2015


UESF members at a breakout session during a UBC training last school year.

Choose Either Day: Wednesday, August 12 or Thursday, August 13
SEIU 1021 (350 Rhode Island St., enter from Kansas)
4-6 pm
Dinner included

All UESF site leaders and activists are encouraged to start the year off right by attending one of UESF’s beginning of the year UBC trainings.

The information-packed trainings will cover all of the essential to-dos for UBCs as the school year gets underway, an interactive session on how to make the union more relevant to you, and a section for Elementary School leaders on how to implement Prep periods at your sites.

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Deadline Extended: Apply Today for UESF CTE Project Director Position

Thanks to generous support from the American Federation of Teachers, UESF is happy to announce the new year-long position of CTE Project Director, as part of our partnership with the district to teach the nation’s first K-12 computer science curriculum to all SFUSD students.

UESF enthusiastically supports this groundbreaking work for its focus on equity for San Francisco students and professional opportunities for teachers. We recognize that computer science knowledge is a new “basic skill” for 21st century jobs, particularly in the Bay Area, and are committed to helping teachers develop the skills, knowledge, and credentials they need for this program to be successful.

Working closely with the District chief of staff, Human Resources Department, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Office of College and Career Readiness the educator hired to this position will develop the training and support that teachers need, with a specific focus on middle school teachers.

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UESF Area Representative Positions Now Open – $40 Per Hour

UESF is looking new Area Representatives for next school year. Area Representatives work with the UESF Communications Director and with UESF Staff Representatives to help school site leaders organize and to support effective Union Building Committees.

The part-time position (20 hours per month) pays $40 per hour and is perfect for recent retirees who served as Building Reps or on Union Building Committees, or current members who are ready to take the next step in their activism.

Contact Communications Director Matthew Hardy at 956-8373 or mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org for more information. No formal resume is required, however, applicants will be asked to list their relevant union, volunteer, and organizing experience and to interview for the position.

Initial interviews will take place on Thursday, August 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Positions will be filled as soon as possible. For a complete job description click here.

Make it Fair California!

Time to Close Corporate Loopholes, Invest in Public Education, and Rebuild California 

Make it Fair California, a new movement that aims to place a measure on the state ballot in November 2016 to close the corporate commercial property tax loopholes found in Prop. 13. UESF’s state affiliates, the CFT and the CTA, have signed on as Executive Committee supporters.

The Make It Fair campaign is dedicated to closing the commercial property tax loopholes so we can invest in strengthening our schools and other important local priorities, such as housing.

The educators, unions, and community groups behind the Make it Fair movement believe that it is important to retain protections for homeowners, renters, and small business owners. Unfortunately, some big corporations and wealthy commercial property owners are using loopholes in the law to avoid paying their fair share in taxes. This means California is losing billions in revenue every year that could be used to make our communities better places to live and work.

In fact, Make it Fair estimates that San Francisco County alone could receive an additional $691 million a year if the measure were to pass.

For more information, and to sign and share the online petition in support of this important reform, go to www.makitfair.com.

Hearing on Prop 13 Reform July 10th

Thanks to all of the UESF members who testified about the great need to make our tax system fair at Assembly member Phil Ting’s Prop. 13 hearing on July 10th, including Sheridan Elementary teacher Darcie Blackburn who spoke eloquently about the need for more services for our students, and the importance of reducing class sizes. Darcie, who also did an interview with KCBS, also spoke about the need to fully fund education so that every student can receive the individualized attention that they deserve.

UESF Election Results: New President for UESF

Moscone Elementary Teacher Lita Blanc to Assume Leadership July 1

On May 19th, the Elections Committee of the United Educators of San Francisco certified that Moscone Elementary teacher Lita Blanc has been elected president of the union, narrowly defeating incumbent Dennis Kelly.

Lita Blanc has been a bilingual teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District for over 28 years, serving the students and families at Moscone Elementary. An educator and activist with nearly three decades of experience, Lita has served as Building Representative at her school, on the UESF organizing team, and as a member of the San Francisco Labor Council.

“I’m honored to be given this opportunity by the educators of San Francisco to serve as union president,” says Lita Blanc. “We look forward to working with all UESF members and the San Francisco community to protect public education and to get the resources that our students and our educators deserve.” Continue reading