Negotiations Update - March 7, 2019
Información Actualizada sobre las Negociaciones – 7 de marzo de 2019
Negotiations between SRCS and SRTA to continue March 27, 2019
In negotiations between Santa Rosa City Schools and Santa Rosa Teachers Association (SRTA) today, district and union negotiators reached agreement on Articles 6, 9 and 13 (hours and days of employment, evaluation, and transfer and reassignment). We will continue to work together on Article 14 and 16 (class size and compensation) at our next negotiations meeting, March 27th.
Highlights of today’s negotiations:
- The district offered an additional $500,000 ongoing increase in salary for special education teachers and specialists.
- The district agreed to fund lead teachers and department chairs in special education.
- The district and SRTA reached agreement on Article 6 (hours and days of employment).
- SRTA countered with two proposals to the district’s February 27, 2019 proposal.
- The SRTA proposals would put the district in a $9 million and $17 million dollar deficit respectively by the third year of the district’s mandatory three-year budget projection process.
- In the spirit of transparency, today the district offered again to have fiscal experts from CTA look at the district’s finances. SRTA has declined the offer.
Negotiations will continue on March 27, 2019. We look forward to working together with teachers toward a tentative agreement, and then jointly demanding that lawmakers in Sacramento provide the full and fair funding that all of California’s students deserve.
More on the agreement reached on three articles is available through this link: Articles 6, 9 and 13 Agreement Highlights
Negotiations Update - February 27, 2019
Información Actualizada sobre las Negociaciones – 27 de febrero de 2019
District offers 6.5% salary increase, $1400 for health benefits over two years
Negotiations between Santa Rosa City Schools, teachers’ union to continue
With current projected enrollment information available (schools are funded on a per-student basis) and an update of the Governor’s budget, Santa Rosa City Schools has offered Santa Rosa Teachers Association (SRTA) the following:
- 5.5% salary increase over two years
- Another 1% salary increase by permanently scheduling two days of professional development
- $1,400 increase in health benefits over two years
- The total cost of the compensation above is estimated at $7.2 million
In addition to compensation, the district’s offer includes $1.8 million in enhanced support services for students, including:
- Smaller class sizes for 9th graders to support students’ equitable access to college and career preparation courses
- Smaller special education classroom caseloads
- Increased access for students to middle and high school counselors
- Class size reduction and additional secondary counselor services for students to provide equitable a-g access for students
Negotiations will continue on March 7th. We look forward to working together with teachers toward a tentative agreement, and then jointly demanding that lawmakers in Sacramento provide the full and fair funding that all of California’s students deserve.
A summary of the district’s proposal is available through this link: Major Elements of the District’s Proposal
Negotiations Update - February 25, 2019
Our district will be returning to the bargaining table with the Santa Rosa Teachers Association on February 27, 2019, and we are looking forward to a positive resolution to our negotiations.
There is no question that teachers deserve a salary and health benefits increase. It is also true that we are working with limited funding from our state. Other high cost-of-living states annually spend significantly more on education per student:
- New York: $18,600
- Connecticut: $17,200
- New Jersey: $16,300
- California: $9,400
(SOURCE: Education Week Research Center, 2018)
As we move forward in negotiations, we seek to clarify the district’s proposal in hopes of open and transparent communication. You will find information in this Negotiations Q&A. Until our students are provided full and fair funding that aligns with California being the 5th largest economy in the world, local unions and school districts - like ours - will continue to be pitted against each other. No one wants to cut positions, programs, and services to increase teacher pay and benefits, but that is what our district faces if not provided increased funding from our legislators.
Contract negotiations, also known as bargaining, is a process that affects most of our staff and all of our schools.
For more information:
- SRCS-CSEA Negotiations Update 02-14-19 ENGLISH
- SRCS-CSEA Negotiations Update 02-14-19 SPANISH
- SRCS-SRTA Negotiations Update for Parents with Budget Info 01-24-19 - ENGLISH
- SRCS-SRTA Negotiations Update for Parents with Budget Info 01-24-19 - SPANISH
- SRCS-SRTA Negotiations Update - Memo about Total Cost of SRTA Proposal
- SRCS-SRTA Negotiations Update - Memo about Negotiations Processes
Frequently Asked Questions
- Frequently Asked Questions about Bargaining - ENGLISH
- Frequently Asked Questions about Bargaining - SPANISH
- Key Words and Definitions in Collective Bargaining
- Negotiations Norms of Collaborative Behavior
- SRCS Memo to SRTA - Analysis Lens Used for Bargaining Proposals
SRTA - Santa Rosa Teachers Association
- SRCS / SRTA Joint Communication - Negotiations Update - November 16, 2018
- SRCS / SRTA 2018-2019 Negotiations Update - October 30, 2018
- SRCS / SRTA Joint Communication - Extension of Catastrophic Leave MOU - October 26, 2018
- SRCS Staff Communication - Non-Evaluative Classroom Observations - October 26, 2018
- SRCS - Tentative Agreement - Press Release December 7, 2017
- SRCS / SRTA - Tentative Agreement - December 7, 2017
- SRTA 17-18 MOU #7 - Temporary Fire Relief - October 31, 2017
- SRTA 17-18 MOU #6 - Secondary Illuminate Education PD - October 31, 2017
- SRTA 17-18 MOU #5 - Elementary Illuminate Education PD - October 31, 2017
- SRCS / SRTA Joint Statement-Tentative Agreement - September 6, 2017
- SRCS / SRTA Tentative Agreement - September 6, 2017
- SRCS Information - August 23, 2017
- SRCS / SRTA - Negotiation Timeline - June 9, 2017
- SRCS / SRTA - 2016-17 Contract Reopeners - January 27, 2017