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Self-Surplus Process

 

Over the past few years the District has held surplusing for those teachers who have either lost their positions due to cuts, or chose to self-surplus.  The self-surplus process is covered in Article 8.4.2.1.1 of the contract.  SCTA and the District are still not in agreement as to the criteria for this school year.  However, the language is very clear about the timeline for making your request for self-surplus.  You MUST have your request into the District by the close of business on February 1st.  We have attached a sample request letter for your use.  Please turn in your request to the District human resources office and a copy to SCTA. 

 

2012 SCTA Annual Socks and Undies Drive

 

Teachers and support staff donated almost 4,000 pairs of socks and undies and nearly $250 to the PTA Clothes Closet in this year’s Socks and Undies Drive.   The PTA Clothes Closet continues to provide free, gently used clothing to hundreds of the neediest children in our district.  SCTA’s donations helped to fill their shelves with new underclothing just in time for the holidays.  Thank you to the following schools for their donations:  A.M. Winn, Caleb Greenwood, Camellia, C.B. Wire, Crocker/Riverside, Elder Creek, Ethel Phillips, Golden Empire, Hubert Bancroft, James Marshall, Joseph Bonheim, Leonardo da’Vinci, Language/speech specialists, Luther Burbank, Martin Luther King, Nicholas, Nurses, O.W. Erlewine, Pacific, Phoebe Hearst, Program Specialists, Retired teachers, Rosa Parks, Rosemont, SCTA, Sequoia, Serna Center, Skill Center, Sutter, Theodore Judah, Washington, and Woodbine.  (If you’re site is not listed, they might be among the many “anonymous” donations that were received.)

 

Class Size Overages

 

SCTA is attempting to close out a class size overage grievance for this school year.  Even if you have sent in your name to SCTA before on this issue, please resend your name and information to ensure your situation is dealt with.  Please include your name, your school, the dates and the classes you would like us to consider.  We need this information by the close of business on Friday, January the 25th

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As you know Monday is a Holiday but we encourage all members to participate in a MLK day event of their choosing.  SCTA will be marching in the MLK march for the dream.   More information on this event can be found on their web page on MLK365.com where you can find the routes and times listed. 

 

 

  • Note: Sample Surplus Letters

To Whom It May Concern,

 

Based on Section 8.4.2.1.1 of the collective bargaining agreement between the Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento City Teachers Association, I am requesting to be placed in the teacher surplus pool for the 2013/2014 school year. I am basing my request on a desire to leave my position at my current work location.  The contract language follows:

 

Teachers who can definitively demonstrate a need for self-surplusing based on criteria developed by the District and SCTA may declare themselves surplus by February 1st. The self-surplusing and the placement are subject to approval by the District and SCTA.

 

 

I can be reached at the address above, or by phone at the number listed below if further information is needed or needs to be sent to me.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Name

Phone

 

cc: SCTA, SCUSD Human Resources

 

 

Internal Elections for representatives to CTA State Council, NEA Representative Assembly, and officer positions in our local, will be held over the next few months. Information will be posted here:

http://sacteachers.org/members-area/elections/

SCTA and District to look at Minimum Days

The District and SCTA are forming a work team to study district practices around minimum days to ensure that we are maximizing the effectiveness of this time for students, parents and teachers.

 

This team will begin by gathering data about the current structure of minimum days at sites throughout the district and examine best practices from SCUSD schools. Upon completion of their work, the team may make recommendations regarding existing policy if appropriate.

 

If you would like to be involved in this work, please contactScott Smithat ssmith@saccityta.com

 

SCTA Annual Crab Dinner Scholarship Fundraiser

SCTA’s annual Crab Dinner is going to be on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Elk’s Lodge onRiverside Blvd.at 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale.  Prices are $42.00 each or $400.00 for a table of ten.   Reserve your seat now.  Tickets will go fast.

 

Michelle Rhee focus of PBS FRONTLINE investigation

Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC, public schools, wife of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and leader of a nationwide anti-labor lobbying group will be the focus of a PBS FRONTLINE piece.  Rhee granted FRONTLINE unprecedented access during her tumultuous three-year tenure of the Washington DC public schools. As Rhee returns to the national stage, FRONTLINE examines her legacy in Washington, DC, including her handling of a cheating scandal in the District.  You can see the piece titled “The Education of Michelle Rhee” on your local PBS station at the following air times:

 

1/8/2013    7:00-8:00 p.m. (original air date)

1/10/2013  6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

Ed Jobs Arbitration Decision

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SCTA Wins Ed Jobs Arbitration

We are very pleased to inform you that SCTA has won the arbitration concerning payment of the $600 (per qualifying unit member) Ed Jobs bonus.  The Arbitrator agreed with SCTA, that the money was owed to the teachers and a contract must be read as meaning exactly what it says.  In addition, the Arbitrator also agreed that the District must pay legal interest of 10% on the bonus.  In other words, the award represents a complete victory for SCTA, and a defeat for the District, which is now required to pay, with interest, a significant amount of money to most bargaining unit members employed during the 2010-11 school years.  The total award including interest will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 million.

Background:  In 2010 the District received stimulus monies from the federal government.  These funds became known as the “Ed Jobs” money. While most of this money went to support existing positions and programs, the District and SCTA agreed in December of 2010 that each member qualified to receive funds under the stimulus program would be given a one-time bonus of $600.  The agreement called for the bonuses to be paid by June 30th of 2011.  Then, just like with so many other things under this Superintendent, the District refused to pay as promised.  SCTA was forced to file a grievance that forced the District to live up to its promises.  Knowing the financial difficulties of the District, SCTA tried on numerous occasions to settle this issue at the bargaining table and prior to arbitration.  The District was unwilling to offer anything to SCTA to settle this matter.

Please be advised that there is a chance that the District will contest the award.  It has two avenues for doing so:  First, it can ask the Arbitrator to reconsider the award.  While this is not unheard of we think it is highly unlikely that the Arbitrator would entertain the request.  Second, the District can go to court and seek to “vacate” the award.  The likelihood of success would be slim, as California courts have historically been very deferential to labor arbitrators’ awards.  Still, given the large amounts of money at issue, it is possible that the District would attempt this.  Under California law, the District has 100 days within which to file a court petition to vacate the award.

SCTA has been forced to take action on many things with the current administration.  Our hope is that our school board and our administration will live up their obligations in the future.  The Arbitrator William Riker said it all in his ruling:

“The arbitrator certainly recognizes the importance of this case as related to the financial status of the District, especially in these troubles times.  However, equally important and germane is the collective bargaining relationship between the SCTA and the District and the obligation of both parties to adhere to what was agreed at the bargaining table.”

 

A Community Vigil Against Violence

We have all been shocked by the senseless violence that occurred last Friday in Connecticut.

Please join with the community as we memorialize the children and education professionals slain at Sandy Hook Elementary and open up discussions about violence in our community.

 

Time:  7:30 pm

Where:  Saint Matthew Christian Church, 4809 Roosevelt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820 (Just off Stockton Blvd)

 

Facebook info for the event at :  https://www.facebook.com/events/561396927211071/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.