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SFUSD Goes After AP Preps, Rejects out of Hand UESF Discipline Proposal; UESF Team Makes Revised Compensation Proposal
June 23, 2017
At the bargaining table on June 20th the SFUSD proposed eliminating all AP prep periods and all financial support for AP tests at schools. According to district negotiators, the $3 million in annual savings was necessary in order to pay for their previous offer of an 11% raise. The UESF team expressed immediate opposition to the proposal. Eliminating AP preps and AP support at the sites would decimate the program and would have a disproportionate impact on students who need the most assistance in passing the exams. Instead of looking to tear down one of the most successful AP programs in the state, the district should instead look for ways to expand the program more broadly. The UESF team believes that the proposed cuts may constitute regressive bargaining by the SFUSD.
The district also rejected out of hand UESF’s comprehensive proposal on student discipline, giving mixed messages as to why the proposal was unnecessary. On the one hand, negotiators for the SFUSD said that they were not opposed to many of the specifics in the UESF proposal. On the other hand, they challenged the idea that student discipline has anything to do with working conditions, and said that it doesn’t belong in the contract. While rejecting the UESF proposal for alternative learning spaces, the SFUSD shared examples of where such spaces in the district already find success – the cool down rooms as part of the Hearts program out of UCSF.
The UESF team was also disappointed in the SFUSD’s lack of response to other important UESF proposals, including proposals on the work day and work year for librarians and VAPA teachers, planning time within the work day for special education and general education teachers, a limit on non-mandated testing, and their flat out rejection of retiree healthcare for the five remaining CORE substitutes. The district also re-iterated their proposals on leaves, which includes the elimination of the sabbatical program for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
Some progress, however, was made on issues important to substitute teachers. In recognition of the difficulty many schools have in getting substitute teachers, the SFUSD proposed differential pay for substitutes who are assigned to hard to staff schools. While the $10 a day differential they proposed is not nearly enough, it is a start. In response to the UESF team’s proposal for an in-service day for all newly hired substitutes within 20 days of hire, the SFUSD proposed offering an in-service day at the beginning of each semester.
The UESF team has concerns about a poorly written SFUSD proposal about substitute teachers who are late for work, presenting language that ultimately could lead substitutes to be paid for fewer hours than they actually work. The SFUSD also proposed that substitutes not be able to cancel out assignments less than 12 hours before a shift they have agreed to, citing concerns about jobs remaining unfilled.
UESF Puts Forward Revised Compensation Proposal
While reiterating proposals on increasing dependent healthcare coverage, additional compensation for classified members, and on wage re-openers should district revenues exceed current projections, the UESF Bargaining Team submitted a revised compensation proposal for a 16% raise – 5% in the 17/18 school year, 5% in the 18/19 school year, and 6% in the 19/20 school year.
The UESF team revised its proposal based on further analysis of the state and district budgets, most notably a reduction in projections in LCFF funding (the main source of school funding for next school year). The expected increase to SFUSD in revenues for next year is only $7 million dollars, compared to an average annual increase of $54 million in the three previous school years.
Prior to June 20th, SFUSD had not responded to our proposal for four additional bargaining dates in August and September. On June 20th, District representatives, through their rejection of UESF’s proposals that support Safe and Supportive Schools and other work-day proposals, appeared to be signaling that they were going to declare impasse. The UESF bargaining team was able to keep SFUSD at the table and also got the district to agree to meet again on August 14th. This timeline gives UESF the opportunity to continue to develop our responses to the district, activate our Contract Organizing Team, and build community support for Stable, Safe, and Supportive Schools.