Join the UESF delegation to the Bay Resistance Mass Meeting!

Saturday, March 4thjustice-for-all
1:30-5:30 p.m.
Mission HS
Childcare, translation, and light snacks will be provided
RSVP on  UESF’ Facebook Page & Register on the Main Event Page

As Trump and the far right attempt to consolidate power and intimidate and harm our communities, Bay Resistance is a powerful new network that will defend our movements, our earth and most importantly, each other. The Bay Resistance network is committed to loving, defending and being in solidarity with those under immediate threat by Trump’s agenda.

Join us MARCH 4TH for Bay Resistance’s first mass meeting and training. Learn about the network and the powerful actions you can take to resist, defend and support. The afternoon will include trainings and workshops to build our collective power to fight for the world we deserve!

 

Contract Campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Underway

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In recognition of our contract talks opening with the SFUSD on Valentine’s Day, we asked educators throughout San Francisco what love means to them. Thanks to all who responded! Please check out and share this Facebook photo album for a sample of the dozens of UESF members who submitted their photos!

Check our our negotiations web page for details about our negotiations, including our report from the first day of talks.

Elections for NEA Rep Assembly and CFT Convention Now Underway

February 15, 2017

The elections for the 2017 NEA Rep Assembly and 2017 CFT Convention are now underway. Please note the following clarifications:

* For the CFT convention, we are electing 15 delegates and 5 alternates.
* For the local delegates to NEA RA, we are electing 10 delegates and 5 alternates.
* For the state delegates to NEA RA, as part of the Golden Gate Service Center, we are electing 11 delegates.

All UESF members who have a personal email on file with UESF should look for an email today from the UESF Smart Voter system with a personal voting link. For those without a personal email on file, paper ballots will be sent via US mail. Ballots are due back no later than March 1st. If you have any trouble accessing the ballot or do not receive a ballot, please check the junk folder on your email system. For further questions, contact UESF membership secretary Audreen Williams at awilliams [at] uesf [dot] org for assistance.

All UESF members are reminded to follow the UESF Guidelines for Campaigning: Candidates, groups of candidates, and other members should not use for electioneering any member address, telephone number or e-mail address acquired from UESF or SFUSD official records by any means whatsoever. Candidates should not use school district mail delivery, school telephone numbers, or UESF committee, substitute, or retired division lists for electioneering purposes. No candidates should be endorsed by committees, Union Building Committees, or other UESF bodies. For more information about the UESF guidelines for campaigning, contact UESF Elections Chair Leslie Clark at 415 956-8373.

Details About the Implementation of the Recent UESF Raise

During a meet and confer on wages in the fall of 2016, UESF and SFUSD agreed to an additional 2% raise for all UESF members. For certificated UESF members hired before the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the January 31, 2017 paycheck. For certificated UESF members hired after the 1993-1994 school year, the 2% raise will begin on the pay period covered by the February 28, 2017 paycheck. For classified UESF members, the 2% raise will begin with the pay period covering December 28, 2016 to January 10, 2017 and paid on January 18, 2017.

If you are a certificated member hired before the 1993-1994 school year and you are concerned about whether you have properly received the raise, please compare your gross pay in your January check with your December check. If your gross pay has not increased, please contact the UESF office.

Thanks to All Who Stood Up to Stop Betsy DeVos

Galileo HS staff 'Wear Red for Ed' on January 25th in opposition to the nomination of Betsy Devos to be Secretary of Education. Make the call today to our California Senators to VOTE NO on her appointment!

Galileo HS staff ‘Wear Red for Ed’ on January 25th in opposition to the nomination of Betsy Devos to be Secretary of Education. Make the call today to our California Senators to VOTE NO on her appointment!

February 7, 2016

Thanks to all who those who made phone calls, sent emails, and attended rallies to stop the radical and unqualified Betsy DeVos from getting confirmed as Secretary of Education. Despite millions of calls and emails, however, fifty Republican senators placed their own narrow self-interest ahead of our schools and our students, confirming her today with the Vice President making the deciding vote.

The groundswell of opposition to DeVos may not have been successful in keeping her from the Department of Education, but it is the very basis on which we will continue to organize against any and all attempts by the new administration to attack our public schools, including stopping a proposed $20 billion school voucher program and defending the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Inauguration Week of Action Sets the Stage for Coming Organizing

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The UESF delegation to the SF Women’s March gathers in the Civic Center Plaza before the march.

January 26, 2017

What an incredible week of action! Over 400 San Francisco teachers and paras joined over 100,000 people on Saturday during the San Francisco Women’s March. We are proud to have marched with so many incredible people, standing up for our students, our families, and our communities! Whether it was your first march, or you’ve spent a lifetime in the streets and on the picket line, the marches across the nation helped to galvanize millions of people to fight back against hatred, bigotry, and sexism.

Teachers from Glen Park Elementary take part in the AROS Day of Action on January 20th.

Teachers from Glen Park Elementary take part in the AROS Day of Action on January 20th.

The Women’s March followed a very successful AROS Day of Action on Thursday, during which hundreds of educators in 32 SFUSD schools pledged before the school day to protect and defend our students and our schools, and a loud and boisterous day of action on Friday during which countless more UESF members joined another soggy day and evening of protest.

As wonderful as the turnout and energy was for the actions last week, we know that to truly bring the change we need, we’ve got to organize. With plans in place to establish an emergency response network and to defend our sanctuary city, and our contract campaign just around the corner, there is indeed much work to do.

Please share our Facebook photo album of the SF Women’s March and share your photos as well

UESF Parent & Community Survey Extended to February 6

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.

February 1, 2017 

Thanks to all of the UESF members who have helped conduct the UESF parent and community survey. We’ve already received an incredible response, but would like to gather as much parent input as possible before our contract talks begin on the February 14th.

Please help gather more surveys in our final push to get parent feedback. Surveys can be conducted in person before school or online. Details below…

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)

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.