Report on Opening Day of Negotiations
February 15, 2017
The first session of formal contract negotiations between UESF and SFUSD took place yesterday. We started with introductions of UESF’s and SFUSD’s bargaining team members to each other, followed by UESF communicating our belief that SFUSD must identify funds for a substantial across the board raise for all our members.
Both sides reviewed and agreed to ground rules for our meetings, which included our proposal that Executive Board members who are not on the Bargaining Team will be able to attend negotiating sessions as observers. The District presented its budget report for its Unrestricted General Funds, including its three-year projections for the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 school years. At UESF’s request, SFUSD also presented the QTEA budget and agreed to provide UESF with the figures for its Restricted Funds, those which are earmarked for specific purposes, such as Special Education and Early Education. SFUSD declined our request for a presentation on the budget of SPARK, the District’s philanthropic arm which channels corporate and other donations to targeted programs within the District.
Upon UESF’s request, the District also provided us with an overview of its Local Control Accountability Plan, which accounts for the allocation of the funds that SFUSD receives from the state through the Local Control Funding Formula, tax revenue generated by Proposition 30, to be followed next year by its extension, Proposition 55.
The District’s most recent budget projections will inform the work of the UESF bargaining team, which will be meeting next week, as it has several times already, to continue our work of crafting and further developing our initial proposals. Beginning on February 28th, we are scheduled to meet with the District every Tuesday for the remainder of the school year.
Click here for a complete list of the members of the UESF Bargaining Team, and for links and resources for our contract campaign, check out the resource portion of this web page.
Special thanks to Cassondra Curiel from Visitacion Valley Middle School and Dante Popalisky from Washington High School who spoke up at last night’s Board of Education meeting, sharing their stories of how the affordability crisis is undermining their ability to deliver a quality public education to our students. To watch a video of their testimony, click here and then click on item ‘J. Public Comment on General Matters.’ If you would like to share your story with the media or at an upcoming Board of Ed meeting, please send an email to UESF Communications Director Matthew Hardy at mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org.
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!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!
What Love Means to UESF Members
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!
Contract Campaign for Stable, Safe, & Supportive Schools Begins February 14th
Schools encouraged to hold t-shirt days on Tuesday and take photos with “Love Means” cards to kick off negotiations
February 10, 2017
On Tuesday, February 14th the UESF bargaining team will sit down with representatives from the SFUSD to begin contract negotiations. The talks begin as the SFUSD is projecting the need to fill 664 certificated positions next school year, one out of every seven teachers who work in the district. And the turnover crisis for paraprofessionals is perhaps even worse, with many positions still unfilled months into this school year.
The affordability crisis continues to destabilize our schools, pushing more and more educators out of the City every year. The impact is clear to everyone: Our schools are being hit hard and the ability to deliver the education every student deserves is being threatened. Stable schools become even more important in light of the developing national political situation. Ensuring that our school communities have the stability and strength to take care of our students and their families requires educators who live in the communities we serve.
We are ready to stand up for our students, but we need the district’s help in order to do so.
To start the campaign, we ask that all school communities begin holding weekly t-shirt days, starting with next Tuesday, February 14th. If you need more t-shirts, please fill out and return this order form with payment to the UESF office and we will bring them to you as soon as we can.
Let the SFUSD Know What Love Means to You as We Start Our Contract Campaign
As the first day of negotiations begins on Valentine’s Day, we ask UESF members to take a photo with our first action card of the campaign, “Love Means“. Send photos to mhardy [at] uesf [dot] org and they will be posted online. A handful of rank-and-file educators will also speak out at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night, making sure the district leadership understands the human cost to the deepening affordability crisis.
Staff at Drew Elementary lead the way on our “Love Means” message to the SFUSD!