Negotiations Update

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    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).

    Regarding compensation:

    • 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



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    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

     

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    Negotiations Update - February 25, 2019

    Información Actualizada sobre las Negociaciones - 25 de febrero de 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.

    We encourage you to become informed about two important initiatives: Full and Fair Funding and Red for ED. Together, we can  achieve full and fair funding for education.