Saturday August 27th Politics and Organizing Academy

Prop. 55 is essential in order to ensure our schools have the resources we need to address high teacher turnover and to ensure our students are fully supported in our classrooms and at our schools.

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 (3351 23rd St.)
Materials and Meals Provided
Parking available. Easily accessible by public transportation.
RSVP here

The November election will be a make or break moment for our schools. In order to get the resources and wages we need, it is essential that we pass the statewide Prop. 55 initiative, which will renew the progressive taxation found in Prop. 30 for twelve more years. A majority of seats on the Board of Education are also up for election.

With the support of the CFT and the CTA, we have put together an information-packed training that will get you all the tools and resources you need to organize your co-workers and our communities. Stand together with your fellow educators and community activists for better pay, better support, and an affordable San Francisco.

Workshops include:

Site Based Organizing Strategies - How to effectively organize your whole school to take part in the campaign.

Prop. 55 Speakers Training - How to talk to fellow educators, parents, and community members about the measure.

Community Outreach - Working within our communities to support schools and an affordable San Francisco.

Testing Committee - Help organize with fellow UESF members to stop the over-testing of our students.

Please RSVP today. If you have any questions or suggestions, email Ken Tray at ktray [at] uesf [dot] org or call 956-8373.

UESF Happy Hour Friday August 19th at the Lucky Horseshoe

Lucky Horseshoe at 453 Cortland Ave.
4:00-7:00 p.m.
Free drink coupon for new members
Drink specials and light meal provided

Join your fellow educators for our first happy hour of the new year from 4:00-7:00 p.m. this Friday at the Lucky Horseshoe bar on Cortland Ave. The first drink is on UESF for all new members!

UESF Night at the San Francisco Giants!

The Panda might be gone, but the Giants are still on track for another playoff run! Join fellow UESF members on September 12th at another Union night at the SF Giants!

UESF has purchased 200 tickets to the San Francisco Giants game on Monday, September 12th when the first placed Giants will take on the San Diego Padres at 7:15 p.m. Tickets will first be available to purchase for $20 each at our beginning of the year UBC trainings on August 10th and 11th at Rosa Parks Elementary and at our political training on August 27th. Get your tickets early as we always sell out. Limit 4 tickets per UESF member. Note: We are not ordering t-shirts for the game.

Timing of 5% Raise to Begin the 2016-2017 School Year

In April UESF and SFUSD agreed on a settlement of the UESF grievances filed regarding the implementation of the January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 raises. The settlement, which impacts all members, moves the original January 1, 2017 raise to the beginning of the 16-17 school year, effectively making the raise 5% to start the school year. The raises will be scheduled as follows:

  • For all paraprofessionals the five percent increase will first be reflected on their July 20, 2016 paycheck.
  • For all certificated members hired before the start of the 1993-1994 school year, the 5% increase will first be reflected on their July 31, 2016 paycheck.
  • For all certificated members hired after the start of the 1993-1994 school year, the 5% increase will first be reflected on their August 31, 2016 paycheck.

Part Time UESF Area Representative Position Now Open – $40 Per Hour

UESF is looking to hire a new Area Representative for the coming school year. Area Representatives work with the UESF Communications Director and with UESF Staff Representatives to help school site leaders organize effective Union Building Committees, and to organize for the coming wage re-openers in the fall and the contract campaign next spring. 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.

California Labor History: New Book, But No Class?

Labor history comes alive in CFT Communications Director Fred Glass’s new book. But while over 100 UESF members have taken his successful course over the years, it now is in danger of getting axed by the administration. It will need enrollment by UESF members to survive.

Reprinted from the June 2016 SF Educator

For the past twenty years CFT Communications Director Fred Glass has taught a semester course in California Labor History for the Labor and Community Studies Department at City College of San Francisco. More than a hundred UESF members have taken the class.

UESF Executive VP Susan Solomon enrolled a decade ago. She found that it was “invaluable for members who wish to advance their knowledge about education unionism and its place in California history.” Buena Vista Horace Mann teacher Frank Lara took the class last fall. He said, “This class gave me great readings, filled in my knowledge of the struggles that led up to today’s world, and provided an opportunity to talk and think with people who care as much as I do about the future of public education.”

Glass was especially looking forward to the Fall 2016 semester at the CCSF Mission campus on Valencia Street. For the first time his students were going to be able to read from an actual book, instead of from handouts or a manuscript. That’s because his book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, is being published this summer by University of California Press.

“This is the first overview history of California labor written in the past forty years,” said Glass. “I saw the class as a laboratory to develop the book. My students have been an ongoing focus group on how to write these stories drawn from the past two hundred years of workers’ struggles for their rights, providing me with feedback on what worked and what didn’t.”

But Glass’s excitement came to an abrupt end a couple months ago, when he found out that the CCSF administration’s plan to downsize the college by 26% of its classes over the next several years had started this fall with a 6% across-the-board cut that included his class and one other among the Labor and Community Studies department offerings.

“You would think that the publication of a book that was written for a City College class taught by a longtime instructor would be occasion for the college administration to celebrate the accomplishment and claim it for the college,” said Glass.

According to Tim Killikelly, president of the CCSF faculty union, AFT 2121, “Instead of meeting community needs by expanding course offerings back to where they were before the Great Recession, the administration’s approach is being dictated by the rogue ACCJC [Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges]. They are like the Vietnam War general who said it was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it.”

There is still a chance that the California Labor History course might be offered this fall. Labor and Community Studies department chair Bill Shields says that if twenty students sign up to take the class beforehand, it could be inserted into the schedule on Wednesday nights as a late start class, beginning in early September.

That’s where you come in. Send an email to Bill Shields, wshields [at] ccsf [dot] edu or call him at 415-550-4473 and leave a message, stating your intention to take the class. UESF president Lita Blanc says, “We reimburse members for taking Labor and Community Studies courses as an investment in union activism. Signing up for the class will have the bonus effect of showing the college administration that Labor and Community Studies classes meet an important need.”

In other words, the village you can help save is your own.

SF Chronicle Special Report: Schools Suffer as Teachers & Paras Priced Out of San Francisco

Thanks to teacher Rebecca Sheehan-Stross and the other educators who shared their experiences with the Chronicle in their hard-hitting special report on the housing/wages mismatch in the SFUSD.

A must-read special report from the San Francisco Chronicle details how the affordability crisis in San Francisco is pushing teachers and paras out of the City, creating a turnover crisis in the SFUSD. A call to action for those who care about stable communities and the future of our City, the report is a gripping reminder of what is at stake if we cannot keep the talented educators we need in our schools.

Special thanks to all the wonderful educators who shared their experiences in the report.

Make sure to read the report and share it broadly on Facebook.

Continuing coverage from Heather Knight in the SF Chronicle:

Higher-paying jobs than SF teacher? City baker, bricklayer

$20,000 home loans for SF teachers find few takers

Thanks to all who volunteered for the June 7th election

Retired shop teacher Fred Muhlheim takes part in the GOTV effort on election day.

Thanks to all of the UESF members who volunteered for the June election. While the presidential election got all of the media attention, there were several important races and initiatives here in San Francisco that were critical in addressing the affordability crisis, and our efforts with our community and labor allies were an important contribution to the campaigns.

We’re heartened by the strong showing from Jane Kim and for the Reform Slate for the DCCC, and for the overwhelming passage of Prop. C, the housing initiative that mandates all new large scale housing developments have 25% affordable housing for low and middle income residents.

In the coming months, we will launch our November election campaign, which will focus on electing our school board slate, and to ensuring that the Prop. 30 renewal measure passes.