15. March 2017 · Comments Off on 2017 Bargaining, Update 1 · Categories: News, Your Contract

Bargaining 2017, Day 1: Translation and Temporary Workers

Your union advanced proposals on temporary worker status, preserving healthcare in our uncertain political environment. We were able to reach tentative agreement on one item assuring timely translation and distribution of new contracts.

On Thursday, March 16, we’re preparing to discuss issues relating to worker safety and fair scheduling in the custodial department, ensuring access to affordable health insurance, and providing dental benefits that reasonably address the needs of members.

Remember – it’s your contract too!

Will you stand up and join us in fighting for a fair deal for our families?

#WeAreUnified in defending public education and respect for workers

What’s your cost of living?

Help us get information on what our members spend on housing, health, and commuting so we can make better economic proposals at the bargaining table.

Take the Survey »

Protect your health care and retirement: PHONE BANK on Wednesday, March 13

Join us on Wednesday night from 5-8pm to reach out to voters in California, Arizona, Alaska, and Nevada and ask them to speak to their representatives about protecting health care

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05. March 2017 · Comments Off on Bargaining begins Thursday, March 9 · Categories: Your Contract

Take the 2017 Member Survey!

We’re back at the table to fight for public education next Thursday. We’ve heard from you that emergency preparedness, school climate, and city pay parity are the top issues. Keep us informed about other ways we can work together to improve SFUSD for classified staff, students, and the San Francisco community.
Meet your 2017 bargaining team

Lorraine Bowser, 2616 Lead SNS Worker, Local 1021 SF Area Rep
Josh Davidson, 2674 Houseparent, SF Political Chair, President
Rafael Picazo, 7218 Asbestos Worker II, VP
Jeanette Coleman, 1426 Senior Clerk, Treasurer
Ryan Fettes, 1426 Senior Clerk, Acting Secretary
Anthony Mills, 2708 Custodian, Acting Chief Steward
Jeanine Butler, 2616 Lead SNS Worker
Enrique Carrera, 2708 Custodian
Beatrice Hernandez de Cabrera, 1823 Senior Admin Analyst
Arlene Sharp, 2616 Lead SNS Worker
Ken Tsui, 2708 Custodian
Barbara White, 2708 Custodian
Carol Wood, 1446 Secretary II

Take the 2017 Member Survey!

05. March 2017 · Comments Off on We must stand together! Help activate your worksite · Categories: Stand Up!, Your Contract

Do you want to bargain, or beg for scraps? We need every school and worksite to raise their voices for the pay parity we deserve. City classified workers just negotiated a 6% raise over the next 18 months, which would leave us 21% behind if the school district doesn’t step up.
Tell your coworkers, tell your supervisors, tell the school board: It’s time for pay parity.

Join the CAT team to get inside info on bargaining and updates on workplace actions and other things you and your coworkers can do to make sure the district treats us with respect. Call Arlene Sharp at 415-370-0498 or click here!

15. September 2016 · Comments Off on When is my Raise? · Categories: News, Your Contract

We expect to see the 5% raise from our new one-year contract on the September 28 paycheck, and the retroactive pay to July 1 on the October 12 paycheck.

Be sure to join us on October 5 for our next chapter meeting. The road to pay parity with the city is still a long one, and we all need to work together to get there!

12. September 2016 · Comments Off on The Fight Goes On! Contract Passes with 98% Approval · Categories: Vote!, Your Contract

Today our members came out to vote on the new contract, and voted 97.7% 98% in favor of approving our one year deal with the district.

We had a second question on the ballot, regarding extending the terms of the chapter officers and bargaining team, which passed with 95.3% 95.8% approval.

Join us on October 5, 5:30pm at 350 Rhode Island Street to talk about our next steps getting to city pay parity.

Update: after reviewing challenge ballots, the final tally is 98% in favor of the contract, 95.8% in favor of the team.

12. September 2016 · Comments Off on Vote TODAY to Keep up the Fight – Early and Late Voting Options · Categories: Vote!, Your Contract

Special Before and After Hours Voting
Polls are already open at the SOTA cafeteria this morning as of 6am, so come by early if you can, or vote until 5pm at the union hall.

Chapter Meeting and Phone Banking October 5, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Join us at the union hall on October 5 for our next chapter meeting. We’ll be talking about strategy for next year’s bargaining, how to add folks to the bargaining team, and reaching out to our members about the important education issues on the ballot this year.

See you at the polls!

08. September 2016 · Comments Off on Vote MONDAY! · Categories: News, Vote!, Your Contract

Check out the new searchable DRAFT contract online (some small revisions still to come)

Check out our DRAFT contract
We’ve settled a one-year deal with the District, and we’re headed to vote on Monday! Check out our website for details if you didn’t get last week’s email, and be sure to forward this to anyone you know who isn’t signed up.

Where do I vote?

There are 7 voting sites around town:
We’re starting at 8am with two sites:
834 Toland Street (Buildings and Grounds)
350 Rhode Island Street (the union hall)

At 9am, we’re adding 5 more sites:
555 Franklin Street
135 Van Ness
20 Cook Street
Burton High School
SOTA High School

What are we voting about?

There are two issues on the ballot:
1. Should we ratify the new contract?
2. Should we extend the terms of the officers and bargaining team until the new contract is finalized?

About extending the terms: We are due for an officers’ election at the end of this school year, which will fall right in the middle of bargaining. Your team, after a lot of discussion, thinks that it would be best to put off that election until we’ve wrapped up the contract so we can all focus on it properly.

I want to be on the 2017 Bargaining Team

We will be electing new bargaining team members and alternates at an upcoming chapter meeting, since we have a couple of vacant seats. If you’re interested in working on the new contract, or on getting information out to members about bargaining, please let us know!

29. August 2016 · Comments Off on Get Ready for Your New Contract – Ratification Vote on September 12 · Categories: Your Contract

After five months, your bargaining team signed a one-year deal to ensure you got your 2016 raise as soon as possible:

5% raise effective July 1, 2016

all classifications, all steps

Your team views this as a downpayment on true city pay parity, which means we have a lot more work to do: we’ll be back at the table this winter to continue fighting for fair wages and policies to retain the very best staff for our school children!

The ratification vote will be on Monday, September 12 at sites around the district — we’ll send out exact details later this week. Your bargaining team strongly urges you to vote YES!


We also made progress on a variety of workplace issues. Here are the highlights:

5 floating holidays every year going forward

Doubled tuition reimbursement pool and individual limits; Also participation in City University, providing a wide variety of free classes at City College of San Francisco

Catastrophic sick leave donation program

Aunt and Uncle included in family covered by bereavement leave

Verbal reprimands will not be placed in your personnel file unless there are further issues

No discipline for substance violations that would not be a crime in California

A commitment to permanent testing for clerks by July 2017

Promotional interview priority for clerks at step 5

Travel time and expenses between worksites paid for SNS workers on split shifts

Employee orientation meetings within 60 days of hire

Complete drafts of the new contract are available for review – just let us know and we’ll send you one.

20. May 2016 · Comments Off on I can’t pay the rent without my 18% · Categories: Special Events, Stand Up!, Your Contract

Next Tuesday, May 24, We Stand Up!

This fall, SFUSD classified workers will be 18.25% behind city workers in the same jobs.

Our communities thrive when school workers live in our city’s neighborhoods and build bonds with the families there. Our communities thrive when good jobs are available to parents and graduates looking for a step up. Our communities thrive when the best and brightest workers are lining up to support our public schools. Fair wages are a necessary part of bringing our values to action.

Your bargaining team has put forward a responsible proposal for a three-year phase in of equal pay with city jobs, with insurance that we won’t fall behind in the future, but the district reports they are “not interested in competing with the city on wages.”

We deserve equal pay and respect, but it won’t come for free.

It’s time to fight for your rights and fair wages. Tuesday, May 24 at 5pm, we’re taking our message to the school board.  Will you be there to tell them what you need?

What does come for free? T-shirts and Pizza!

Download and share the flyer, and then RSVP so we can have a t-shirt and slice ready for you!

If you’re around 555 Franklin earlier in the day, we’re also having a union lunch gathering in the board room at from noon – 12:45 to share updates on bargaining and answer questions.

RSVP and come to the rally for your pizza and t-shirt! 

18. April 2016 · Comments Off on Negotiations Update · Categories: News, Your Contract

Since February 11, we have been at the bargaining table with SFUSD management. We have been working on contract improvements for all members.

Your bargaining team has made progress in some areas, and has reached tentative agreements with management on a few items:

• Establishing a sick leave transfer program

• Easier access to personnel files

• Expansion of in-year vacations and reduction of blackout periods

• Empowering membership by establishing a recognized pathway to shop stewardship

We’re not finished yet! In fact, we’re just getting to the hard part. As the cost of living goes up every year, our members’ wages are falling further behind wages for the same jobs in other City departments.

Based on your responses to our fall membership survey, we are preparing to issue a bold proposal to significantly bridge the parity gap with our brothers and sisters at the SF City and County.