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NEWS MESSENGER

MAY 30, 2013

 

 

 

DON’T MISS IT !!!

 The End of the Year SCTA Picnic

 TOMORROW — May 31st

3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 Dante Club

2330 Fair Oaks Blvd.

 FOOD — FUN — FRIVOLITY

SEE YOU THERE!!

 

Bargaining Survey

You should be receiving a bargaining survey from SCTA in Survey Monkey today.  It is a short survey.  Please take a few minutes to respond before Wednesday, June 5th at 9pm.

Surplus Process Update

The tentative dates for the surplusing process to resume has run into challenges due to graduation schedules.

Secondary Surplusing will take place after school on June 5th.  You will be receiving a phone call from HR personnel with your appointment time.

Elementary Surplusing is tentatively scheduled to resume after school on June 11th .  More information to follow as it is clarified.

Surplus for Special Education Teachers, Prep Specialists, Nurses, etc.  

Surplus for these educators is covered by 7.8 of the contract.

7.8 Special Education specialist teachers, nurses, or elementary preparation teachers affected by any decision made regarding realignment of the relationships of schools or classes in terms of hours or location, shall be given the opportunity to submit a request regarding their new assignment. Within the restriction of program needs, seniority shall be the primary consideration for assignments.

This is the process that has been in the contract for a long time.  If you are an educator in this group and your school is closing, you are being surplused or you would like a change of work site, we suggest that you send an email to your district administrator and HR director.   Let them know your preferences for grade levels, area of the district, schools, start times and other factors.

 

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May 28, 2013

 

 

Surplussing

 

The District has set a tentative date of June 10th for surplussing to resume.  Until that time, surplussing has been suspended. There will be no surplussing tomorrow, May 29th.  We hope by that time there will be additional openings that have become apparent and can be added to the surplus list. We realize this has been a trying time for some and we continue to work with the district to make more options available.

NEWS MESSENGER

May 28, 2013

Bargaining Survey

Be on the lookout for an important survey coming to your email soon. The bargaining team at SCTA will be soliciting your input to help us prepare for the upcoming negotiations with the district.  It is vital that every member provide their opinion to help guide us. The surveys will be conducted via Survey Monkey and should be in your email by the end of this week.

 

Picnic Reminder

This Friday, May 31st, will be the SCTA End of the Year Picnic at the Dante Club        (2330 Fair Oaks Blvd.)   The event will be from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.  Come and enjoy family fun with colleagues and honor those retiring this year.  Free food, drinks and fun!

 

Surplus Update

We will continue to update members regarding surplus issues as soon as information is known.

 

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MAY 23, 2013

 

 

Surplussing Suspended

 

The surplus for the 2013-14 school year has been a fiasco from the start. This is mainly because positions at the Superintendent’s Priority Schools have been excluded (a contract violation that SCTA will be grieving) from the process.  Yesterday the District ran out of elementary positions, leaving more than 50 members with no options.   As a result, the surplus placement process guaranteed in Article 8 of the collective bargaining agreement has been suspended at this time.  SCTA is hopeful that more positions will become available after the 31st of May.   As a result SCTA will be asking the District to suspend the process for everyone until the first week in June in hopes that more positions will appear.

NEWS MESSENGER

MAY 8, 2013

Hide and Seek 

As we get closer to this year’s surplus process that is scheduled for May the 20th-24th SCTA needs your assistance.  Every year Principals attempt to hide positions from the surplus placement process.  The contract calls for all known positions to be made available at the surplus process.  When a Principal attempts to hide a position from the process it is not only a contract violation, it is a highly unethical practice that erodes the benefits of the District’s agreed upon CBA with SCTA.  Please help us identify any positions you think are being hidden by bringing them to our attention as soon as possible.

ED JOBS Settlement Payment 

The District and SCTA have worked though the clarification issues around the identification of members employed and eligible for payment of the $600.  All unit members (regardless of job classification) employed during the 2010-11 school year will receive the payment.  The only unit members that will not be receiving a payment under the settlement are those employees who had a contract for .50FTE or less and those who, for whatever reason, did not complete at least .75% of the year.  The payment is expected on the regular May payroll for those members currently employed.  Employees who are no longer employed with the District will be mailed a check for $600.

 

 

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MAY 3, 2013

Layoff Hearings

The layoff hearings have concluded after 8 days of testimony. SCTA’s legal team will have their briefs into the judge today. We expect the Judge’s ruling by Friday May 10th. At that point we are expecting the District to call an emergency school board meeting to accept or reject the judge’s findings. Many of you may remember last year when our board rejected the judge’s ruling. That misguided decision caused SCTA to file another lawsuit over the Superintendent’s Priority Schools. We will keep you posted.

 

ED JOBS Payment

SCTA has worked out a tentative settlement agreement for the Distribution of the Ed Jobs Arbitration award. We are in the process of finalizing the list of eligible members employed during the 2010-11 school year. The desire is to have the additional monies added to the May payroll. Employees currently employed by the District should see the payment on their regular May paycheck. The District will send out separate checks to retirees and those no longer employed by SCUSD around the same time.

 

4 Elected

Robert Lynch        219

Alice Mercer          219

Carlos Rico             217

Owen Jackman     207

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Evelyn Sandoval   199

 

Layoff Hearings

The District and their team of 4 attorneys spent 5 days putting on a case in support of the Superintendent’s priority schools.  All 7 priority school principals took the stand along with other district representatives from human resources and the area superintendent in charge of priority schools.  The testimony offered by some of the district’s witnesses was considered insulting to many members working in non-priority schools.  SCTA also found some statements made at the hearing by the district wandered far from the facts.  Monday, laid off members affected by the skipping at the priority schools were finally able to begin presenting their cases.  We had several members do a great job on the stand talking about their training and experience with data, literacy, student and family engagement and collaboration.  So far, 8 of our members have been given their jobs back.  The hearings are scheduled to go from 1-8pm today and will continue again on Wednesday.  We will let you know when it is clear that the ALJ’s ruling is completed.

ED JOBS Payment

SCTA has been working with the District to distribute the compensation from our victory in the Ed Jobs Arbitration.  SCTA has made every attempt to have that payment to qualifying members on this payroll but unfortunately we found discrepancies when reviewing the list of members and non-members slated for payment.   We are in the process of resolving that issue with the District.  The intent is to have the six hundred dollars ($600) added to the May 31st check.  Unit members who were employed during the 2010-11 school year, but have since quit or retired, will be mailed a check.  We will update you again this Friday, the 3rd with the most recent info on the payment.

Tentative Elementary Assignments

SCTA and the District have agreed to extend the date for tentative elementary assignments under Article 7.4 from April 30th to May 6th for this year only.  We agreed to the extension to allow for a more concrete picture on available positions for next year.

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS MESSENGER

April 22, 2013

 

Surplus Process

In these times of budget cuts, increased class sizes, a shrinking student population, and some difficult working environments, we are once again faced with many members needing to go through the surplus process for placement in the 2013-14 school year.  We know this process can be difficult and wanted to provide you with an overview to alleviate some of the anxiety.  The process is basic in nature.  Members will be contacted by the personnel office and given an appointment time to come to surplusing at the Serna center to choose a position for next year.  The actual surplus process is in two steps and SCTA staff will be with you throughout both steps.  Step one occurs in a waiting room setting.   All of the available positions will be posted on the wall of that room for each teacher to look at and ask questions.  The positions are scratched off the list as teachers are placed.  We recommend that you arrive early to your appointed time so that you can carefully look at all the positions available to you.  Each teacher needs to pick their two (2) top positions they are credentialed for. Step two occurs in an interior room.  This room is filled with District staff, usually the Associate Superintendents and staff from HR.   A staff member from SCTA will be in the room to support you.  You will state your two top choices for placement next year and then the district will place you in one of those two positions.

We continue to discuss solutions with the district about school closures and surplussing.  The desire is to give members from closed schools options to follow their student population if possible. These processes will occur before the end of the school year.   We will keep up updated.

 

Closing the Achievement Gap

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Closing the Achievement Gap

 

SCTA leadership has been working with community partners for some time to look at ways our union can assist students of color within the SCUSD.  Most recently, SCTA leaders have been involved with the recently formed Achievement Gap Advisory Group.  This group is looking at the achievement gap issue with all the stakeholders in the room to work on defining the issues while looking for collaborative solutions.  We are looking for members with an interest in this issue to join the group as part of SCTA’s contingent.  So, if you are interested in being a part of this group please contact your Building Representative, or SCTA directly. We will be discussing this and accepting names for volunteers at our next Representative Council on April 11th.  The Advisory Group will meet again in May.