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Seniority Verification Sheet

We understand that some teachers are being asked to sign Seniority Verification Sheets.  This is a yearly occurrence.  We would like to remind members to look over all the information very carefully to insure that it is correct.  If you believe any of the information is in error, be sure to write clearly on the form that you disagree with it and write what you believe to be the correct information.  Always make a copy for yourself before you turn the form back into the District.

 

Lifetime Health Benefits

SCTA continues to receive questions concerning lifetime health benefits. We also understand that some teachers have been given incorrect answers regarding lifetime benefits eligibility from the SCUSD Benefits office.  We have since clarified with them the language so that hopefully we are now all on the same page.  SCTA has been told it will take until after Winter Break for the district to resolve the incorrect information on an individual basis.  Also, please note: every teacher can qualify for full lifetime health benefits; there has been no cutoff date for new teachers. 

In sum, there are 3 ways to qualify for life time benefits.  They are as follows:

1.1.     To have at least 15 years of service to the district by July 1, 2010 regardless of age.  You are vested in lifetime health benefits and may retire from the district any time after the state retirement age of 55.

1.2.     You must have 10 years of consecutive service and be at least 55 years of age by July 1, 2013 to be vested for life time benefits.  You may retire at any time.  

 1.3.     If you do not qualify under #1 or #2 you will fall under the requirements of the June 14, 2010 agreement as follows:

  • At age 55 at least 20 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 56 at least 19 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 57 at least 18 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 58 at least 17 consecutive years of service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 59 at least 16 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit
  • At age 60 at least 15 years of consecutive service to the District in the SCTA bargaining unit

There is no such thing as “partial or half” of lifetime benefits.  Please contact the SCTA office if you have any questions.

SOCK and UNDIES

Don’t forget Socks and Undies donations for the PTA Cloths Closet are due at Rep Council this Thursday.

BALLOTS for ONLINE VOTING

If your site has not yet received its ballots for online voting please call the SCTA office ASAP.

 

Calendars

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Sacramento City Unified School District

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Diana Rodriguez President Trustee Area 5

Darrel Woo Vice President Trustee Area 6

Jeff Cuneo zrd Vice President Trustee Area 2

Gustavo Arroyo Trustee Area 4

Ellyne Bell, MA, LMSW Trustee Area 1

Patrick Kennedy Trustee Area 7

Donald Terry Trustee Area 3

Katrina Ye Student Board MemberOFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

5735 47th Avenue •Sacramento, CA 95824

                                                                               (916) 643-9000 •FAX (916) 643-9480

Jonathan P. Raymond, Superintendent

November 13, 2012

 

SCTA Members,

The District and SCTA have worked collaboratively to come to an agreement that will provide stability and certainty with our school calendar for the next three years (2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15). As part of this agreement, we will immediately begin the transition towards restoring minimum days for teachers to the 2010-lllevels. In order to make this transition as smooth as possible for staff, parents and students, the change will occur over a two-year period. Beginning this spring (2012-13), each segment will add one additional minimum day back into their school calendars. The additional days will be added as follows:

* Elementary- Additional Reports and Records Day

  • Middle- Additional In-Service Day
  • High- Additional Final Exam Day, Spring Semester

An additional day will be added to each segment’s calendar the following year (2013-14), restoring the total number of minimum days in place in 2010-11.

Also, in an effort to provide additional flexibility for sites in scheduling Parent-Teacher Conferences, the window to schedule these days will be expanded from the traditional time before the end of the trimester to include the two weeks after the end of the trimester.  This will allow sites to make their own determination on what their needs are for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Attached you will find a revised calendar document, which will also be posted on the district’s website immediately.

We believe this agreement offers an opportunity to move past this discussion and focus on meeting the needs of students, families and staff.

President, Sacramento City Teachers Association

 Human Resource Services Elementary School Calendar Summary 2012 – 2013 School Year

FIRST TRIMESTER      58 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS OPEN …………………………………………………………………….. Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Veterans’ Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………… Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Holidays …………. Saturday, November 17, 2012 through Sunday, November 25, 2012

FIRST TRIMESTER ENDS …………………………………………….. Friday, November 30, 2012

 

 

SECOND TRIMESTER          52 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR SECOND TRIMESTER ………………….. Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Holidays …………………………. Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday ………………………………………………… Monday, January 21, 2013

Lincoln Day Holiday …………………………………………………………………….. Monday, February 11, 2013

President’s (Washington’s) Day Holiday …………………………………………. Monday, February 18, 2013

SECOND TRIMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………… Friday, March 1, 2013

 

 

THIRD TRIMESTER                                                                                                         68 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR THIRD TRIMESTER ………………………….. Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Holidays ………………………………. Saturday, March 23, 2013 through Sunday, March 31, 2013 Memorial Holiday ………………………………………………………………………………. Monday, May 27, 2013

Last Day of Instruction ……………………………………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

THIRD TRIMESTER ENDS ……………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

ELEMENTARY SHORTENED DAYS

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

6 days:      October 23 – November 29, 2012

4 days:      February 8 – March 15, 2013

 

Reports and Records

3 days:      November 30,   2012, March 1, 2013, and

June 13, 2013

 

 

SUMMARY

Full Days …………………………………………………. 165

Shortened Days …………………………………………… 13

Common Planning Time (Equivalent to 18 Hours) .. 3

Faculty Work Day (June 14) ……………………………. 1

Total Service Days …………………………………….. 182

 

(Revised: 11-7-12)

 

Human Resource Services Secondary School Calendar Summary 2012 – 2013 School Year

 

 

FIRST SEMESTER                                    87 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS OPEN …………………………………………………………………….. Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Veterans’ Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………… Monday, November 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Holidays …………. Saturday, November 17, 2012 through Sunday, November 25, 2012

Winter Holidays …………………………. Saturday, December 22, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday ………………………………………………… Monday, January 21, 2013

FIRST SEMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………….. Friday, January 25, 2013

 

 

SECOND SEMESTER                              91 Teaching Days

SCHOOLS REOPEN FOR SECOND SEMESTER …………………….. Monday, January 28, 2013

Lincoln’s Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………….. Monday, February 11, 2013

President’s (Washington’s) Day Holiday …………………………………………. Monday, February 18, 2013

Spring Holidays ………………………………. Saturday, March 23, 2013 through Sunday, March 31, 2013 Memorial Day Holiday ………………………………………………………………………… Monday, May 27, 2013

Last Day of Instruction ……………………………………………………………………….. Thursday, June 13, 2013

SECOND SEMESTER ENDS ………………………………………………. Thursday, June 13, 2013

 

 

 

 

SHORTENED   DAYS

 

Middle   School

 

Reports and Records

5 days:    November 2, 2012; January 25, 2013;

April 12, 2013; June 13, 2013; TBA by Site

 

High School

 

Final   Examinations

3     days:    January 22, 2013 through January 24, 2013

4     days:    June   7, 2013 through June 12, 2013

   

Reports and Records

4 days:    November   2, 2012, January 25, 2013,

April 12, 2013, and June 13, 2013

 

 

SUMMARY

Middle School High School
Full Days

173

167

Shortened Days

5

11

Common Planning Time (Equivalent to 18 Hours)

3

3

Faculty Work Day (June 14)

1

1

Total Service Days

182

182

 

(Revised: 11-7-12)

 

SCTA NEWS MESSENGER

November 13, 2012

 

Dear Teachers:

Occasionally, a teacher is verbally abused, insulted or threatened by parents or other members of the community or even an administrator.  When this does occur know that there are several education codes that cover these situations.

Education Code Section 44810 declares it to be a misdemeanor for a non-student over the age of 16 to willfully disrupt a school’s program.  When such occurs, the school principal may call the police or sheriff’s office and file a complaint.  In any event, the principal or his/her designee should always warn anyone visiting a school campus and behaving in a disruptive or threatening manner of these provisions in the Education Code.  In addition, the principal or his/her designee should advise disruptive visitors of similar provisions in the Penal Code (Sections 626.6, 626.8 and others.)  These provisions make it a misdemeanor for a disruptive visitor to refuse to leave a school or campus when ordered to do so or to return to the school or campus within 72 hours after being so directed.  If a disruptive visitor refuses to obey the principal’s directions to leave, or returns within 72 hours, the principal should call the police or sheriff’s office and file a complaint against the individual.

Section 44811 of the Education Code also makes it a misdemeanor for anyone to upbraid, insult, or abuse any teacher in the presence or hearing of a pupil, Section 44812 continues in this same vein, but extends such concerns beyond the school campus when the teacher is on a school assignment.  In these cases, the teacher must file the complaint with the police or sheriff’s office against the offending person.  The principal or supervising administrator should assist such teachers (1) by informing the teacher of his/her rights in such a situation, (2) by informing the investigating police officer of the above cited legal references, and (3) by endorsing the teacher’s formal complaint as a gesture of moral support.  Finally, the principal should take whatever steps may be necessary to support or protect the teacher.  This might include requesting additional security personnel for the campus for a few days, if this should appear needed.

It also should be noted that a teacher or other professional employees of the district might have a good basis for a civil suit based on slander, if that employee is defamed, demeaned, maligned, and/or disparaged by another person in front of pupils, parents, or others (colleagues).  The incident would have to involve the speaking of base and defamatory words tending to prejudice the employee in his/her reputation, office, trade, business or means of livelihood.  The employee would have to file charges for such a suit and pursue it independently.  The principal, however, should assist and support the employee in such a case if he/she witnessed the incident and feels it was of such a serious nature.

This re-sent per Rep Council’s request.

Long Term Care

As members of STRS, teachers can purchase long term care insurance through PERS.  You can call this number (800) 982-1775 to be connected and information will be sent to you by PERS.

Administrative Evaluation

Remember your school site can evaluate the Administration through the Liaison Committee or Site Rep.  If you are interested in having an evaluation done at your site please contact the Liaison Chair or your Site Rep to start the processes.

SCTA Office

The SCTA office will be closed the week of Thanksgiving and will resume business on 11/26/12 at 7:30 a.m.

Socks & Undies

Socks and Undies drive has begun.  We are collecting new socks and underwear for infants, elementary age, and high school students.  Cash or checks made out to Sacramento Council of PTA’s are also accepted.  The last day to turn in donations at SCTA is 12/13.  The students and children of SCUSD thank you so much for your support. The school that donates the most items will receive a lunch so don’t forget to put your schools name on the donations.

Crab Feed Donations

We are currently collecting donations for the upcoming Crab Feed on, Saturday, February 23, 2013.  We will let you know when tickets are available for purchase.

Picket lines at Raley’s and Nob Hill

 

This Monday morning is extra hard for our union brothers and sisters who work for Raley’s and Nob Hill grocery stores. After negotiations broke down over the weekend, the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) have gone out on strike after 15 long months of negotiating in good faith while fending off management takeaways to employee wages, health and welfare benefits, and retiree health care.

 

Currently, the strike affects only Raley’s and Nob Hill stores because employees at Bel Air stores (part of the Raley’s corporation and family of grocery stores) have not yet taken a strike vote, but it is assumed they will follow suit and also authorize a strike.  Raley’s management executives are urging employees to resign from their union and they are threatening employees who support their union and this job action, and today they are even trying to intimidate workers into crossing the picket line.

 

Union attorneys filed charges of “unfair labor practices” against the company on Nov. 1, citing violations of laws prohibiting harassment and intimidation of Union members.  They have tried to circumvent the Union’s authority as a bargaining agent, and have used “regressive bargaining” — submitting proposals that are worse than previous offers. The Union also charged that Raley’s was unlawfully threatening to implement changes to the parties’ collective bargaining agreements.

 

Many of you are loyal Raley’s customers.  SCTA shops at our local Raley’s for food and meeting supplies.  But we will not be shopping there until they reach a fair contract settlement with their employees. Many of us know employees of Raley’s and want to support them.  We should support them!  We should  support them today by walking with them on their picket line as they stand up to Raley’s desperate union-busting tactics! This will not be an easy fight for the union but the best way we can support them and bring this job action to a quick and successful conclusion is to boycott all Raley’s stores.

 

SCTA is a union!  We are union members and uphold union values!

Please show your solidarity and support to our striking union sisters and brothers by not shopping at Raley’s, Nob Hill and Bel Air stores until a settlement is reached!

 

 

 

 

Ruling on CSR ($95) Money

 

SCTA has received the opinion back from the Arbitrator in the dispute with the District over the $95.00 deductions, which came out of the June 14th 2010 Letter of Agreement.  The Arbitrator ruled that the District did not violate the Agreement.   The Arbitrator felt the language from paragraph 1 which states “a goal of achieving” and not “will” or “shall” left the door open for the District to not live up to their end of the bargain. It is unfortunate that the Arbitrator was unable to grant some relief.  We are looking forward to a more favorable ruling on the Ed Jobs Arbitration which we should know about by the end of November.

 

NEWS MESSENGER

October 26, 2012

 

Propositions 30 & 32

We are down to the wire with both propositions and both are so close it may come down to only a few votes. We really need you, our members, to step up and either come in and call, or precinct walk this Saturday (tomorrow) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  These two propositions directly affect you; if 30 loses each and every teacher will likely see a significant reduction in pay.  If 32 wins CTA loses the ability to effectively fight for you in local races, statewide races, and at the Capitol.  At stake, are your pensions, job security, and our ability to collectively bargain.   Please think about what you stand to lose, then come to SCTA and do something about it!

 

Evaluation Pre-Conference

Evaluation pre-conferences must be completed by Nov 1.   We have reports that some principals are asking teachers to sign a pre- evaluation form not SCTA/District approved.  Do not agree to sign any evaluation form that is not one that the SCTA/District agreed to.  If you want to check the contractual pre-evaluation form you can find it on the SCTA or District website under the collective bargaining agreement (the Contract), Appendix A, page 108.  If you have a form that does not look familiar to you, please bring it to SCTA for us to see (or a scan or fax would be fine).

SCTA Organizing Committee   Election Bites

Week of October 1, 2012

 

Proposition 30—Yes                                           Proposition 32—NO

 

Our intent is to provide you with information that will help clarify these propositions and to encourage you to talk with your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues about why we must

 

PASS PROPOSITION 30                            AND                        DEFEAT PROPOSITION 32.

 

SCTA strongly Supports Proposition 30 because:

  • $20,000,000,000 (yes, that’s $20 BILLION!) has been cut from public education inCaliforniaover the last four years. We can’t keep cutting education and expect our economy to grow!
  • Over 30,000 educators have been laid off in our state. Class sizes have increased tremendously.Californiais now among states with the largest class sizes even though research overwhelmingly shows this is harmful to teaching and learning.

 

SCTA strongly Opposes Proposition 32 because:

  • Proposition 32 is funded by billionaires (ever heard of the Koch Brothers?) who do not want labor to have a voice. It claims to stop corporations and unions from wielding political power, by using payroll deductions for political purposes.  However, 99% ofCaliforniacorporations don’t use payroll deductions for political contributions. Prop 32 does nothing to limit corporate and Super PAC contributions and influence. That’s not fair or balanced. Labor voices would be silenced! Your voice would be silenced!
  • In our district, an employee rules handbook could be imposed on you if Proposition 32 passes. Those rules could limit your personal and academic freedoms, and make it easier for your employer to terminate you with little to no due process.  Even speaking up about poor working conditions could put your job, and your paycheck, on the line!

Please read more in the following weeks on each of these propositions, as well as other Election 2012 information of importance to you.  

 

Read More: Link of the Week

To read more about Proposition 32 and the Koch Brothers connection, visit:

 http://www.cta.org/en/Media-Coverage/In-the-News/2012/09/20120916_2.aspx

 How to win this campaign:

1.      Educate yourself and others about propositions 30 and 32. 

2.      Volunteer for phone banking. 

3.      Volunteer for precinct walking.

4.      Don’t sit this one out!

News Messenger

Sept 28, 2012

 Furlough Days

 

When you receive your check from the district this month you should notice a deduction for the two furlough days that were agreed to in the current contract. Rather than charge everyone the entire amount in the month we take the furlough days (November), the district is spreading the cost out into much smaller amounts spread over all 10 months.

Class Size Leveling – Correction to middle school class size

 We apologize.  The staffing ratio for 7th and 8th is 31 but the class sizes for 7th and 8th are defined in 17.4 of the contract as 35 students in most kinds of classes.   

 

News Messenger September 27, 2012

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News Messenger

Sept 27, 2012

 Open Enrollment

The time for changing your benefits is nearly over. TOMORROW (9/28) is the last day to make any changes to your medical, dental or vision plans.  You can make the changes online, in person at the benefits office, or if you mail something to them be sure it’s postmarked by tomorrow!

 Class Size Leveling

The district should have leveled all elementary classes in district as of Monday (9/24) and all secondary classes as of next Monday (10/1).   Please see contract language 17.1 (for elementary) and 17.4 (for secondary) regarding details of additional grace periods.  If your class has not been leveled the district will have to either have a signed form from you saying you allow a larger class size (Note: we do NOT recommend you do this because it keeps additional teachers from being hired back), or they will have to pay $90.00 a day for each day your class size is over the limit. Please email scta@saccityta.com if your class size is over the limit.  High school is 35 per class or 170 contacts per day, middle school is 31 per class, intermediate is 33, primary is 31, and kinder is 32. PE and Music is 220 contacts per day for high school, and any prep in elementary is 190 contacts per day.

 Health Net Issue

It has come to our attention that some members have been incorrectly charged a $15 fee for lab work services from Heath Net.  We want to assure members that there has been no negotiated change to our benefits in this area.  We are working with our insurance broker to correct these charges.  If you received a bill from Health net for Lab work please contact Nikki Milevsky at nmilevsky@saccityta.com for assistance. 

 Right of Return

If you filled out a right of return and it was not honored at last year’s surplussing, please call SCTA 452-4591.

 Update Email

We know people change their email for a variety of reasons. We’d like to remind everyone who has changed his or her email in the last four months to please update the email address with SCTA. We like to keep you informed and email has been an excellent method for up-to-date information.

 Rep Elections

If your school hasn’t held Rep elections, the upcoming faculty meeting in October would be the perfect time. Reps play an important role at every site and a school without one really is at a disadvantage when it comes to representation for members with the administrator, and with the district as a whole.